At Edge Wholesale Direct, we know that livestock panels can be used for more than just keeping farm animals contained and predators out. Here are 5 different uses for livestock panels and how they can benefit your animals and garden all year long.
What are Livestock Panels?
Livestock panels are constructed from heavy gauge galvanized welded wire material, which affords a higher level of rigidity, as well as the ability to take abuse from many different types of livestock. Sometimes called cattle, hog, or sheep panels, this type of farm fencing is a must have on any new farm or homestead. Livestock panels make the acquisition of livestock much easier and are an affordable option for small spaces. These panels are perfect for goats, pigs, and other animals that tend to stand on or lean against the fence.
Livestock Panel Uses
Livestock panels and round pens can be used in some creative ways around the farm or homestead, such as:
1. Portable Fencing
The most obvious use for livestock panels is to use them as they were intended to be. This type of farm fencing is ideal for establishing a rigid and easy to setup animal enclosure and fencing system that can easily be moved by one or two people and secured with t-posts and wire in a short period of time. Four livestock panels are enough to create a fairly sizeable space to keep small livestock secure and happy. Livestock panels are also portable enough that they can be moved for rotational grazing or for brush control and fire lines.
Livestock panels can easily be turned into low cost weather or storage shelters. With the use of some t-posts, medium gauge wire, and tarps, these shelters can be used to protect animals, hay, tools, and more from almost any type of weather; however, you will need to pay attention to snow loads and wind conditions. These shelters are designed to be installed very quickly without the need for any building permits. This flexible design can also be made longer by adding additional panels and tarps.
With the addition of a framed base, door frame, and greenhouse plastic, livestock panels can be used to create a simple greenhouse structure. This type of structure would also be ideal for an aquaponics system, where climate control would be favourable.
4. Chicken or Rabbit Tractor
Livestock panels are perfect for creating portable chicken and rabbit tractors. These tractors are designed specifically to allow for rotational grazing methods, which will help keep animals on new grass every day, as well as protect them from predators and the weather.
5. Arbour or Trellis
This type of farm fencing offers a sturdy and supportive structure to trellis plants. Livestock panels can be used to create a beautiful arch that will allow plants to grow up on, creating covered entryways. These trellises are also perfect for segments of crops, such as pole beans and cucumbers.