Choosing The Perfect Fence

When you first buy a home, you might care more about your furniture or your home's facade than you do about your front fence. However, there aren't many home components that play as important of a role as that yard enclosure. In addition to protecting your kids and pets, fences can also dress up your property and make the area look polished. Unfortunately, if you don't know a lot about fences, it might be difficult to choose one when you have the chance. My blog is designed to walk you through your fence options, so that you aren't left wondering how to improve your curb appeal.

New To Cattle Farming? Fencing Strategies For Safer Working Conditions

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Operating a successful livestock farm requires the ability to manage animals that are large, powerful and sometimes stressed. For instance, the average adult Angus cow weighs more than 1,100 pounds, and bulls often weigh nearly twice that amount. Since many small-scale livestock farmers lack the financial resources to hire additional help to assist with managing this type of animal, experienced farmers have learned to incorporate features into their fencing designs to help them work safely. If you are new to the world of cattle farming and would like to increase your workplace safety, the following tips will help.

Creating Lanes for Moving Cattle

When being moved between pastures, cattle can become agitated and begin to move quickly as a group. Even though this movement does not usually escalate into an actual stampede, a single human could experience severe or even fatal injuries while attempting to work among their herd while moving them from pasture to pasture.

To avoid this problem and prevent unnecessary injuries, experienced farmers often choose to incorporate a narrow, fenced lane along the edge of each pasture, with a gate conveniently placed at the perimeter fence of each adjoining pasture.

In this manner, a large number of animals can be calmly moved from their current pasture into an adjoining section of the lane, where they can be held for a few moments to allow them to become calm. Then, they can moved through each new section of the lane in a similar manner until they arrive at their desired destination, where they can be sent through a gate into the chosen pasture. Since the farmer can move alongside the lane and operate the gates without mingling with the cattle, they will be able to stay safe.

Using Gates to Isolate Individual Animals

Another issue that cattle farmers must deal with is the occasional need to isolate a single animal to treat an injury, give vaccinations, assist in the calving process or attend to some other need. Since cattle are herd animals by nature, attempting to separate one from the herd can be both risky for the farmer and difficult to do. 

To alleviate this problem, it can be wise to incorporate steel gates into the fencing design in such a way that they can open a full 180 degrees. When situated near the opening of a cattle chute or small confinement pen, the farmer can stay protected, while using the arc of the gate to help force the cow into the chute area or confinement pen.  

Incorporating Safety Features into Fencing Designs

Before remodeling existing fencing or adding new ones, as a new livestock farmer you may want to tour successful, existing operations to get ideas that can be used to make your own workplace safer. Another good idea is to consider discussing both your present concerns and your future fencing needs with a local, trusted fencing contractor like Morris Fence Co. They will be able to use their experience and knowledge of fencing materials and gates to help you incorporate better safety measures into your operation, both now and as it expands.

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2 November 2015