October 28th, 2020Should barbed wire fences be used for animals?

Should barbed wire fences be used for animals?

Barbed-wire fences are well-known for keeping intruders out and keeping your property secure. When people see the little barbs placed on a fence, it instantly deters them from attempting to enter an area.

However, barbed wire fences don’t always have the same effect on animals. Unlike intruders, animals don’t always recognize that the barbs can lead to injuries. When it comes to agricultural fencing, it’s important to consider whether including barbed wires is appropriate or excessive for your animal enclosures.

As always, the type of fence you should use usually depends on the particular purpose of the fence. When fences are used for animals, it’s generally either to keep animals, such as livestock, enclosed within a certain area or keep unwanted animals, such as wild animals, out of an area. In this case, we’re taking a look at the use case for barbed wire fencing as a means of keeping animals such as cattle, sheep, goats and horses in an enclosure.

Is barbed wire a safe fence for livestock?

If you have animals, the safety of your animals should be paramount. With your animals in mind, many alternatives to barbed wire should be considered first, such as high tensile woven wire fences, which won’t hurt your animals. For animals that are a bit more forceful, you have the option to use an electric fence.

Of course, it depends on the type of livestock that you have. Barbed wire fencing is generally used for larger animals such as cattle or more aggressive animals, such as goats. When using barbed wire fences for sheep and certain types of goats though, you should be aware that the fleece of these animals can get caught in the barbs.

Should barbed wire fencing be used for horses?

Even though they are large animals, barbed wire should never be used for horses as they tend to rub themselves against fences. A horse fence, which is a special type of welded wire fence, should be used instead for horses.

Is barbed wire the best fence for cattle?

Barbed wire fences are most commonly used for cattle. Though cattle may not recognize the barbs on the fence at first, after being pricked a few times, they often learn to stay away from the fences.

When using barbed wire fences for cattle fencing, barbs do not need to be included on every wire strand of the fence. Having the barbed wire in the strands between the top and bottom strands is usually enough to keep the cattle in while minimizing hurting any other animals.

When to use barbed wire fencing

Overall, if your animals are smaller and not particularly aggressive, you probably don’t need to risk injuring your animals and should look into other types of animal fence. If you have cattle, this type of fence could certainly be taken into consideration. 

Barbed wire fences are popular because they are cost effective, which is an important consideration when you need to enclose a large area. Barbed wire fences are also flexible, allowing you to choose between different wire thicknesses and the space between barbs.

The wire thickness and placement of the barbs depends on the animals you would like to enclose. Need more advice on your agricultural fencing in the Fraser Valley? To select the appropriate barbed wire fence for your farm or animals or to consider other types of agricultural fencing, contact A&G Fencing to see how we can help.

Stay Up-to-Date

Most Popular Fences in British Columbia

Most Popular Fences in British Columbia

When looking into installing a new fence on your property, there are many options to choose from. Although cost, aesthetics, and purpose are all...

Read More

Spring maintenance tips for your fence

Spring maintenance tips for your fence

With spring approaching, it’s time to make sure that your fence is in tip-top shape. Giving your fence a quick inspection will allow it to...

Read More

Best articles for tips on installing a new fence

Best articles for tips on installing a new fence

Are you preparing to build and install a fence this year? There is much to know when it comes to putting the best techniques into practice to...

Read More

How to maintain your fence

How to maintain your fence

Fences are some of the most useful pieces of structure in a house. They don’t just protect your home, but also provide a sense of...

Read More

Need a new fence?We can help!

Download our comprehensive eBook to find exactly what you're looking for.

Download Guide

Affiliations

Accepted Payments