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Fence Types – Cost Comparisons

Here is a realistic cost comparison of different types of fencing for livestock.

Prepared by: Jimmy Fitzgerald
Lead Farm Worker

Efficient And Cost Effective Fencing Systems For Livestock

Efficient means of controlling grazing livestock are necessary for optimum forage utilization. All grazing systems use a perimeter fence and, depending on the level of management applied, differing amounts of subdivision fencing may also be used. A good pasture system layout with fence will allow pastures to remain more productive throughout the year and increase total pounds of livestock produced per acre.

Different types of fencing are used for perimeter fence (permanent fence with nearly absolute livestock control), pasture division fence (used to divide the landscape into permanent management units based on soil type, terrain, or plant community), and allocation fencing (used to temporarily allocate portions of paddocks for a short time). These types of fence differ in construction materials used and construction cost.

NOTE: The material cost estimates below were current & relevant at the time of the writting of this article. Due to market fluctuations (normally upward) you will need to make cost adjustments for your particular area of the country.

Fencing costs associated with traditional permanent fence:

Woven wire fence

Item
Unit Price ($)
No. Needed
Total ($)
Woven wire-47?
153.00
4
612.00
2 pt. barb wire
45.00
2
90.00
Brace wire    
15.00
Staples    
5.00
Wood line post -4?
5.50
36
198.00
6.5' steel T-post (1.33)
3.30
72
237.60
Hedge corners
16.00
6
96.00
Brace pipe
6.00
4
24.00
Labor (per rod)
8.00
80
640.00
Corner labor    
120.00
Total ($)    
2,037.60
Total ($) per Foot    
1.54
Material ($) per foot    
0.97

4 wire, 2-point barbed fence

Item
Unit Price ($)
No. Needed
Total ($)
2 pt. barb wire
45.00
4
180.00
Brace wire
   
15.00
Staples
   
2.00
6.5' steel T-post (1.33)
3.30
108
356.40
Hedge corners
16.00
4
64.00
Brace pipe
6.00
2
12.00
Labor (per rod)
4.50
80
360.00
Corner labor
   
80.00
Total ($)
   
1069.40
Total ($) per Foot
   
0.81
Material ($) per foot
   
0.48

Fencing costs associated with electric fence:

Charging system for electric fence

Item Unit Price ($) No. Needed Total ($)
Ground rod (6') with clamps 8 7 56
6 J charger 368 1 368
Underground cable (50') 6.75 1 6.75
Lightning arrestor 10.85 1 10.85
Surge protector 5 1 5
Total ($)     446.6
$ per foot of wire     0.01

Hi-tensile 4-wire (perimeter or subdivision)

Item Unit Price ($) No. Needed Total ($)
170,000 psi Hi-tensile wire (4000') 75 1 75
170,000 psi Hi-tensile wire (2000') 44 1 44
In-line strainers 2.85 4 11.4
6.5' steel T-post (1.33) 25'space 3.3 52 171.6
Pin lock insulators 0.33 208 68.64
Double U insulators 0.85 8 6.8
Hedge corners 16 4 64
Brace pipe 6 2 12
Crimp sleeves 0.13 20 2.6
Labor (per rod) 4 80 320
Corner labor     80
Total ($)      
      856.04
Total ($) per foot    
      0.65
Material ($) per foot  
      0.35

Hi-tensile 2-wire (subdivision fence)

Item Unit Price ($) No. Needed Total ($)
170,000 psi Hi-tensile wire (4000') 75 1 75
In-line strainers 2.85 2 5.7
6.5' steel T-post (1.33) 60'space 3.3 22 72.6
Pin lock insulators 0.33 44 14.52
Double U insulators 0.85 4 3.4
Hedge corners 16 2 32
Crimp sleeves 0.13 6 0.78
Labor (per rod) 2.25 80 180
Corner labor     40
Total ($)      
      424
Total ($) per foot    
      0.32
Material ($) per foot  
      0.15

Single wire poly step in fence temporary)

Item Unit Price ($) No. Needed Total ($)
Poly wire (9 filament) 35.5 1 35.5
Poly wire reel 30 1 30
Step in post 2.5 20 50
Gate handle 3.6 1 3.6
Labor @ 20.00/hr 20 0.25 5
Total ($)      
      124.1
Total ($) per foot    
      0.09
Material ($) per foot  
      0.09