Barbed Wire Fences
Barbed wire is particularly effective for containing
cattle. Typically four strands of barbed wire, with the lowest strand 12-16 inches from the ground
and the top strand 40-42 inches above the ground is common for range and cross fencing. Better-quality fences have
five strands, and are commonly used for highway, perimeter, and high pressure areas. Other variations exist,
depending on local requirements and the purpose of the fence.
In pastures containing both cattle and sheep, one or two strands of barbed wire
is used in conjunction with woven wire to both discourage cattle from reaching over the top of a fence and to keep
sheep from crawling under. Though often used in many areas for horses, barbed wire is not advised;
Horse Safe Fencing is
recomended . There is very high risk of injury occurring when a thin-skinned, fast-moving animal with long legs
runs into it or puts a leg through the strands.
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