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The Importance of Livestock Fencing for Pasture Management


Proper fencing is a powerful management tool in efficient grazing systems. Here’s a look at the top benefits of erecting a solid fence around your pastureland to contain cattle and other grazing animals.


Increase Safety

Good livestock fencing is necessary for keeping your herd where you want it. You don’t have to worry about animals wandering off into dangerous areas. Proper fencing can also help deter predators from attacking vulnerable livestock like calves and sheep.


Improve Grazing Efficiency

Fencing in your pasture helps simplify grazing management. You can easily move your animals to fenced-in paddocks to keep your grassland healthy and your herd fed. Additionally, you don’t have to spend nearly as much time feeding, which gives you more time to focus on other essential farm tasks.


Fence Types

There are many fencing options available. High-tensile, barbed wire and electric fencing are the most common types in Ontario. Here’s a look at each.

  • High tensile wire fencing. At Ontario Wholesale Farm Direct, we carry 5-foot high tensile fencing made from Class 3 hot-dipped galvanized 12-gauge high tensile wire, making it ideal for containing the large game, like cattle and bison. In fact, properly built high-tensile electric fences have an expected life performance of 30 years.

  • Barbed wire fencing. Barbed wire fences are easy to install and require little to no maintenance. In addition, they’re easy to splice back together when damaged. For cattle, three to four strands are often enough. If you need to contain pigs, stringing barbed wire low to the ground can help prevent rooting. At Ontario Wholesale Farm Direct, we sell barbed wire in 1320-foot rolls.

  • Electric fencing. Electric fencing is an excellent barrier to contain livestock, as touching the wire elicits an uncomfortable consequence. However, proper grounding and fence maintenance is essential to creating an effective charge. For example, overgrowth, fallen tree limbs and old fence wire cause voltage drain from the fence.


You can speak to the professionals at Ontario Wholesale Farm Direct for advice on what type of fencing is right for your operation.


Cattle and Farm Fencing Supplies in Ontario

If you need materials to erect a fence around your pasture, Ontario Wholesale Farm Direct is the place to go. We carry various wholesale fencing products, including heavy-duty wire, no-climb, field and welded utility fencing. We have everything you need to keep your herd contained. We also sell feeders, corals, pens and cattle panel products. We proudly serve farms of all sizes in southern Ontario. For more information about our products, contact us today.


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