Selecting livestock fencing

Dave Kennard of Wellscroft Fence Systems in Harrisville, NH, spoke on selecting and installing Livestock Fence at URI’s Peckham Farm.

Dave Kennard of Wellscroft Fence Systems in Harrisville, NH, spoke on selecting Livestock Fence at URI’s Peckham Farm.

At a recent Livestock Fencing Workshop held at the University of Rhode Island’s Peckham Farm, URI, Professor Michael Sullivan introduced David Kennard as “THE Fence Guy. Kennard discussed selecting the right fence for your needs and budget, installing and maintaining fences. Afterwards, the group of livestock farmers, beginning farmers and farm advisers practiced setting up several types of temporary livestock fence for rotational grazing.

Fences have two basic purposes: physical and psychological barriers. A physical fence such as woven wire that a predator or livestock cannot get through is costly, permanent, low maintenance. A psychological fence is electric and can be easily moved if made of twine, tape or rope or is more permanent if made of hi-tensile wire. Electric fences cost less up front but require more maintenance; both predators and livestock must be trained to the fence. Fences can be used to exclude wild animals like coyotes, wolves and predatory cats. Beekeepers protect their apiaries/bee yards against raccoons and bears with electrified fences. Vegetable and berry farmers use electrified fences or netting to exclude pests like deer, raccoons and birds. [Learn more here.]


About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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