While a lot of existing farm fencing can be modified for raising sheep, it is important to consider how much of an impact the right farm fencing can have on the overall health and safety of your sheep. At Edge Wholesale Direct, we know that choosing the right type of farm fencing for sheep is the surest way to ensure the safety of your livestock. That is why we carry a wide selection of farm fencing options that are ideal for sheep farming.
Electric Farm Fencing
Electric farm fencing tends to cost less than other types of fencing, is easy to construct, and lasts for a long time. When installing electric fencing around the perimeter of your farm, it is important to know that sheep farming requires electric fencing to have multiple strands in order to keep out potential predators. Five to seven strands of high-tensile electric wire is common for sheep fences, with the bottom wires more closely spaced than the top wires. The use of ground return wires are recommended for areas where there is low rainfall, stony and dry soil conditions, or where the ground is frequently frozen or snow covered.
Woven Wire Farm Fencing
Woven wire farm fencing is a common fencing choice for sheep farming. This type of farm fencing consists of horizontal lines of smooth wire that is held apart by vertical wires. A four-foot high woven wire fence with one or two strands of barbed or electric wire along the top of the fence makes an ideal perimeter fence for sheep. Placing a strand of barbed wire along the bottom of the fence is also a good idea, as it will help extend the life of the fence.
Mesh Wire Farm Fencing
Mesh wire farm fencing has smaller openings than woven wire fences and comes in two types of mesh: diamond mesh and square know mesh.
- Diamond mesh is made up of two wires twisted together in a diamond formation with 2-inch by 4-inch openings.
- Square knot mesh is made up of single horizontal lines with the wire spaced 2-4 inches apart.
This type of farm fencing tends to be tends to be more expensive than woven wire fencing, so it is often used more for confinement fencing, such as corrals and barnyards. At Edge Wholesale Direct, we also offer 3’x330′ sheep fencing that has barbed wire lines along the top. This type of farm fencing is the ideal sheep and cattle combination fencing because it has 4″x4″ holes, which prevent that sheep from getting stuck in the fence.