Fence strength

Discussion in 'Buildings & Infrastructure' started by hilly1238300, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. hilly1238300

    hilly1238300 New Member

    I've grown up on dairy farms and have worked on dairy farms. Cows have pushed me and I've pushed back. I figure I can do this affordably and on enough land to work out. I'm just curious if people think my fencing idea will be strong enough for cows (no bulls) I'm familiar with woodworking

    All wood and screws properly treated and stained for above ground/underground use

    Two 8ft 4x4 posts 8ft apart, 3ft under ground, and 5 feet above . Connected with 2x6's. Bottom 2 boards butted together 1"off ground and the remainder of the height with 4" gaps. And 4ft of deer fence on top (total of 9ft above ground)

    To keep livestock on property, be good looking, simple to repair/replace, and protect from predators

    Do you think cows/deer would break through?
     
  2. Jameshenry

    Jameshenry Member

    Location:
    Cornwall
    How many metres of this are you planning to erect ? Surely it would cost a small fortune ! Can't see 4" square posts lasting very long holding up all that ! Is there any need to go to such extremes ?
     
  3. hilly1238300

    hilly1238300 New Member

    I'm still young and spit balling for a goal of a hobby farm. 15+years from now. I'd like cows, goats, pigs, chickens, deer. My main concern is wolves, cayotes, mountain lions, and the unlikely bear.

    I figure 1100 meters at about $6000US

    always open to new ideas but looking for low maintenance
     
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  4. hilly1238300

    hilly1238300 New Member

    There will be a fair population of wolves in the area
     
  5. Jameshenry

    Jameshenry Member

    Location:
    Cornwall
    Ah okay, i thought it was a bit extreme for the UK ! :LOL:
     
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  6. hilly1238300

    hilly1238300 New Member

    I see why. This was the top Google result and seemed like the most active forum for quick replies to the questions
     
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  7. tomlad

    tomlad Member

    Location:
    nr. preston
    Do u hsve tornado fencing wire over there??
    Google tornado otter fence wire , all high tensile
     
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  8. tomlad

    tomlad Member

    Location:
    nr. preston
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  9. hilly1238300

    hilly1238300 New Member

    Honestly I forgot that existed. Haha. I used to work at a hardware store and loaded that fencing intro people's trucks all the time. They make some pretty heavy duty stuff. Probably exactly what I'm looking for. With a 4x4inch post every 1.2 meters. I'd imagine it's strong enough and acts as a deterrent for cows on one side and wolves on the other
     
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  10. jellybean

    jellybean Member

    Location:
    N.Devon
    Personal opinion only but my long experience of deer fencing is that sawn square timber posts and machine turned round post have had the integrity machined out of them. A natural round post is better and has more strength at ground level where the effect of any impact higher up the fence will act.
     
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  11. Places round here have heavy duty deer fencing with posts every 8ft but have galv. chain link buried to a foot down and 2ft up the fence and that keeps wild boar in. They're farmed. There is a bison farm 2 farms up from me with the same fence but no chain link.
    Ummm... Bears?.
     
  12. tepapa

    tepapa Member

    Location:
    North Wales
    Yes tornado do export to the US.
    Farm fence solutions in LLC are the distributors.
     
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  13. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    Maybe if you add an electric wire at about a 3 to 4 feet high on outriggers, depending how you plan to manage your herd?

    That'll stop the cattle leaning on it, and if you are going to move them around, then you'll have electric to clip onto.

    What's your prevailing wind, definitely worth considering if you are keeping chickens as to the spacing on the lowest boards?
    Height will also depend on what size deer, most deer farms here have wider post spacings with large round posts, to handle elk size deer, red deer can get away with topping up a standard height fence, but a large mob of deer will flatten them if spooked.

    No idea on the predator front :) predators here carry polywire and water
     

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