How to Choose the Right Fence for Your Farm

19 Mar 2020 Farm Fencing

Knowing how to choose the right fence for your farm will help save you time and money in the long run. At Edge Wholesale Direct, we understand how important it is to select the best farm fencing option for your unique situation. That is why we carry a wide range of farm fencing products, making it easy to find the perfect fencing for your exact wants and needs.

What will the Fence be Used for?

The first step in selecting the best kind of fencing for your farm is to determine what the fence will be used for. In most cases, farm fencing is used to confine livestock; however, not all fencing types will work equally for each kind of animal.


Since most fence types can be used for confining cattle, it is important to take into consideration a range of different factors, such as expense, ease of construction, and the material’s lifespan. In most cases, woven wire, barbed wire, and tensile wire fencing are the go-to choices for cattle.


When it comes to protecting sheep, your first priority should be keeping predators out. Consider using an electric fence to discourage predators, such as coyotes.


Since visibility is extremely important when selecting fencing for horses, it is a good idea to choose board fencing and a type of wire fencing, such as woven wire fencing, that horses will be unable to get tangled up in.


Farm fencing for confining pigs need to be strong and built low to the ground to prevent them from escaping under the fence. Consider adding barbed wire fence along the bottom to discourage rooting.

Which Type of Fence Will Work Best?

Once you have determined what the farm fencing will be used for, you will need to decide which type of fencing will work best. Some of the fencing options you can choose from include:

  • Rail Fencing—This type of farm fencing is most commonly used as a border fence and is a popular choice for horse farms.
  • Barbed Wire Fencing—This type of fencing consists of two or more strands of steel wire twisted together with two or four barbs spaced every four to five inches.
  • Woven Wire Fencing—Consisting of a number of horizontal and vertical wires, this type of fencing can be used for a range of different animals, depending on their jumping ability.
  • Double and Single Strand Fencing—As one of the most popular types of farm fencing, wire fencing is easy to construct, long-lasting, and low-maintenance.

If you would like to learn more about how to choose the right fence for your farm, or if you would like to learn more about our different farm fencing products, please contact Edge Wholesale Direct at 604-857-2436.