Large-scale fencing projects always have financial considerations
Farm Fencing Calgary
Farm fencing (or acreage fencing) serves several important functions on rural properties in Calgary and southern Alberta.
Most importantly, it clearly marks the boundaries of your property and helps ensure that you and your livestock are secure.
Because of the larger scale of farm fencing compared to residential fencing, installing it almost always requires the assistance of a professional fence company with the necessary skills and manpower to handle the scope of the project.
First Class Fencing has been helping agricultural properties in Calgary and southern Alberta install all types of acreage fencing for many years: practical, cost-effective solutions that safeguard and beautify farms in the area.
Your choices are many and varied, and the climate here can make it particularly challenging, but we make it simple for you.
It pays to do your homework on the various types of fencing available and, if you have questions, speak to our advisors to help you decide which is the best fence option for your property.
Acreage fencing: Key considerations before choosing
With so many types of farm fencing available (more than ten styles) and the harsh elements to consider in this part of the world, it’s important to bear in mind all the factors that will influence your decision.
These generally include:
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Main types of farm fencing
Below is a quick rundown of the types of farm fencing available in Calgary and the surrounding areas.
Barbed wire fencing is commonly used on Calgary farms, especially for cattle pastures and enclosures:
- Cost-effective for constructing and maintaining (compared with post and rail fencing)
- Effective as an entire fence or installed at the top of a chain-link fence to enhance security around a particular area
- Made of galvanized barbed wire – a good choice for the tough Calgary climate
- Available in a range of thicknesses and spacing between barbs
A high-tensile wire fence is one of the most popular temporary and permanent farm fencing options in Alberta:
- Uses smooth wire pulled at very high tension and supported by heavy posts
- Provides incredible strength and durability against the weather
- Well-suited for farm and livestock because it’s difficult for livestock to breakthrough
- Optional electrical wires can prevent livestock from repetitively pushing on the fence, prolonging its life by reducing wear and tear
Horizontal post and rail fencing is another smart choice for livestock fencing in Calgary. It offers a rustic and classic prairie look.
It typically features three rails or planks running the length of the fence, with horizontal posts added for stability every 8 or 10 feet.
- Suitable for fencing in pastures and for safe paddocks
- Uses either wooden posts and galvanized steel rails or vinyl fencing products
- Good durability for the Calgary weather conditions
Aside from post and rail fence, you can also opt for a traditional post and plank fence.
The traditional post and plank fence is made up of three horizontal wood planks running the length of the fence with vertical wooden posts for added stability.
Both of these fences are great options to use for your horse fencing.
A split cedar fence is one of the most visually appealing farm fences available, bringing a traditional ‘old west’ feel to your property:
- Cedar posts and rails require almost no maintenance
- Among the most durable and rot-resistant fences around
- Colour fades into an attractive grey over time
- Suitable for cattle
- Environmentally friendly
Page wire fencing is made of galvanized wire that is knotted or welded into rectangles. This creates a continuous mesh that is connected to wooden or steel posts:
- Most commonly used to enclose livestock like horses, cows, dogs, goats, pigs, and sheep
- Various mesh sizes, spacing, and fence heights are available to suit your purpose
- Line posts can be made of either wood or steel
- The wire is made of galvanized steel for durability
- Treated wood ensures great durability for anchor and corner posts
If you are looking for extra security and protection for your farm, you may consider a chain-link fence:
- Works well along highways and roads
- Perfect for dog runs
- Great for fencing off a certain area within your property
- Clean look for your property if looking for other options
Learn more about our chain link fencing options.
Other farm fencing types
Some farms require specific types of fencing for purposes other than protecting cattle or produce.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of fencing is best for cattle?
The best acreage fencing for cattle is usually constructed from galvanized barbed wire or high tensile wire. Speak to an advisor at First Class Fencing for guidance about the most suitable type of fence for your farm.
How far apart should farm fence posts be?
As a general rule, most fence posts are spaced between 8 and 12 feet apart. However, high tensile and barb wire fences may have posts every 16 to 20 feet for field fence styles. Some high-tensile barbed and smooth wire fences may even space posts up to 20-30 feet apart.
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