How To Build A Livestock Fence

What You'll Need
4x4 posts seven or 8 feet long
Shovel or Post Digger
Rolls of Mesh Fencing 5 or six feet high depending on your posts
Measuring Tape

There are many different types of livestock and for them many different types of livestock fencing. You will first want to decide what livestock fence will keep them in best and what will keep predators out. Some of the more popular types of fencing are barbed wire, split rail, wire mesh, and hedge barriers. Barbed wire is effective but to many it is any eyesore. It is very economical for large areas of open range. Split rail will only keep in larger livestock and will let predators in with ease. Hedge barriers are effective but take a few years to develop fully enough to be any help. One of the more common and economic fences is the wire mesh. The fence supplies needed are minimal and it will keep in a variety of different farm animals.

Step 1: Measure

Measure out every 6 feet and mark the ground. Do this around the whole property and do not forget to allow for gates where needed.

Step 2: Dig

Using the Post digger on a large job is recommended however you may use a shovel if you prefer. Dig the holes 2 feet deep and at least 1 foot across. This will create plenty of room for the concrete to be ample and strong.

Step 3: Mix and Place

Mix enough concrete for three to four of your holes at a time. If you have the use of a portable mixer, you will be able to mix more without it drying out too rapidly. The cement mixture should be thick enough to hold the posts without them tipping dramatically. Use the leveler to ensure that the posts are even. Two feet of the post should be in the ground leaving ample post for the mesh to be attached to. Use braces and the leveler to make sure that the posts stay set straight for the drying time.

Step 4: Drive The Nails

When you attach the mesh you will be using nails to do so. In order for this to work properly only drive the nail in 2/3 of the way. Then use the hammer to bend the nail over the mesh. Alternate which way the nails are bent to ensure that the mesh will not slip off.

Step 5: Roll It Out

Roll your mesh to the next post and secure it in the same way that was done on the first post.  You will go on like this until the area is fenced adequately.  

Some more tips that can be used when putting up wire mesh fencing is to allow for a cross bar between the posts. It will make the mesh more secure. If you already have a split rail fence and are looking to keep in smaller livestock, there is no need to change out the fencing. Just add a wire mesh over the top of the existing fence. It will keep large and smaller animal in.     

You can also imbed the mesh into the ground about 8 to 12 inches to keep burrowing animals from escaping or gaining access. Whatever fencing choice you make ensure that you take into account the animals that you are securing and protecting.