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.]