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Re: Pasture Fence Preference - Barbed Wire or Electric?
« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2017, 10:09:09 PM »
what gauge is your NZ wire

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Re: Pasture Fence Preference - Barbed Wire or Electric?
« Reply #26 on: March 29, 2017, 08:50:04 AM »
What does everyone prefer to use for corner posts?  Railroad ties? Pressure treated... round or square?  6" or 8"? 

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Re: Pasture Fence Preference - Barbed Wire or Electric?
« Reply #27 on: March 29, 2017, 09:43:24 AM »
Round treated over square any day!!!    Wrapping barbed wire around a square post is a chore in and of itself!

Liked square for hanging gates on though!!  Set them in concrete too!!

Here is a video of fence building, not the best but gives a general idea.    Wooden stretch post with single tension wire, I put tension wire both directions.   Double wrap barbed wire around post and "lengthen" wrap the wire, wrap tight and wire will break when you go to tighten the loose strand next year.   Tricks of the trade!



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Re: Pasture Fence Preference - Barbed Wire or Electric?
« Reply #28 on: March 29, 2017, 10:30:49 AM »
I just talked to a friend and may be able to get a bunch of railroad ties for free from his brother who works for a RR company.  That may make my decision easier.   :chuckle: If not I am leaning toward round treated posts.  I will be putting them in concrete either way.  Maybe I will mix and match.  Use RR ties or square treated posts for the posts I will be using to hang gates and rounds for the rest. 

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Re: Pasture Fence Preference - Barbed Wire or Electric?
« Reply #29 on: March 30, 2017, 08:17:41 AM »
I fenced my place with 5 stands off barn wire, no problems with cows getting out unless I leave a gate open. Cows will always sick there had thru three fenced to eat if they can, grass it's always greener on the other side. Put your wire on the inside and use all the wooden post you can. I use a electric to split my place in half, the cows know when it is of and will go thru it. Bottom line is if they have plenty to eat they won't go anywhere, but if you get one that does like to escape it will teach the others.

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Re: Pasture Fence Preference - Barbed Wire or Electric?
« Reply #30 on: March 30, 2017, 08:21:39 AM »
Boy, my spelling really sucked my last post, sorry

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Re: Pasture Fence Preference - Barbed Wire or Electric?
« Reply #31 on: March 30, 2017, 08:57:00 AM »
I prefer 7"+ treated round posts for corners and gates.  I have been replacing old cedar and oak RXR ties with them.  All of my RXR ties have lasted less than 20 years while my treated are still good, except those that were set in concrete.  Those set in concrete have rotted at the base.  Most of my old RXR ties are 10' with 5' in the ground.  If your type of ground allows always get at least 8' posts and bury them as deep as you can without cutting them off.  Also, it is best to set posts when the ground is damp to get the dirt to pack tight.   :twocents:
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Re: Pasture Fence Preference - Barbed Wire or Electric?
« Reply #32 on: March 30, 2017, 03:12:33 PM »
I prefer 7"+ treated round posts for corners and gates.  I have been replacing old cedar and oak RXR ties with them.  All of my RXR ties have lasted less than 20 years while my treated are still good, except those that were set in concrete.  Those set in concrete have rotted at the base.  Most of my old RXR ties are 10' with 5' in the ground.  If your type of ground allows always get at least 8' posts and bury them as deep as you can without cutting them off.  Also, it is best to set posts when the ground is damp to get the dirt to pack tight.   :twocents:

I think I have decided to go with 6" or 7" round treated for my corner/brace posts.  I was originally planning on setting them in concrete because its cheap and not much, if any, more work than tamping them in.  The lower half of my pasture is sub irrigated and will be saturated for several months every spring.  I was worried that the saturated ground would allow the posts to loosen up easier over time without concrete.  I have heard that posts in concrete can rot faster because the water is held in.  I am going to fill the bottom of my holes with gravel and then put the post in and put another few inches of gravel around the post before I put the concrete in.  Hopefully this will allow any water that gets between the post and concrete to drain out of the bottom. 

 

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