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Re: Fences

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:43 am
by Silver
I've had pretty good luck using an electric fencer on one of the barbed wires in areas where cattle tend to get pushy. Seems to work great over a relatively short distance even without insulators. Gives me a nice warm fuzzy feeling of having a sturdy barbed wire fence with the extra layer of security provided by the electricity.

Re: Fences

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:12 pm
by Big Muddy rancher
Moose and elk can still do a pretty good job on a 5 wire HT fence.

Re: Fences

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:25 pm
by m5farm
Big Muddy rancher wrote:Moose and elk can still do a pretty good job on a 5 wire HT fence.

We don't have those critters

Re: Fences

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:17 pm
by Big Muddy rancher
m5farm wrote:
Big Muddy rancher wrote:Moose and elk can still do a pretty good job on a 5 wire HT fence.

We don't have those critters


We do. :D :( :cowboy:

Re: Fences

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:51 pm
by Haytrucker
Elk aren't very compatible with 4 barbed wires either, but if you keep the top one fresh, they know they hit it. I have used several different fence systems and have no distinct preference. The right tool for the right job. If using electric fence, shock power is key. I have corralled cows with a single wire wing, but I'm not sure a fire would have driven them over it. A blizzard sure didn't. They were easy to get through a gate in the same wire, handled daily. If I turn pairs out for the summer I'll take a decent 4 wire barbed fence and enough feed.

Re: Fences

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:43 pm
by gcreekrch
Rebuilding the wire fences here. New posts, 35 year old barb wire. Proper splices where it had been "fixed" before and a hot high tensile in the middle of four barbed. Haven't touched any we've done this way yet. Hoping the bears and wolves get a snoot full of electricity and go elsewhere too.

Re: Fences

Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:03 am
by cracker hand
Well I am sorry that your fence is down. Ours too. We were ground zero for Irma and it went right over the top of us. While it wasn't the most powerful storm to hit us, it was a long one. The hurricane and tropical storm force winds lasted for over 6 hours. Trees are down all over the place. Some on fences and some not. We have enough firewood for several generations to come. It gets cold here about 3 days a year so maybe it will last till the next century. You get enough fence down and you don't care if its electric, barbed or chain link, you're tired of putting it back up. Luckily, the cows stayed put. Maybe they were tired too.

Re: Fences

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:39 am
by GM888
What are you guys using for splices. I have been tying the broken spots but have to ty twice because cant get enough slack. Was at ufa and they have one that pushes the wire in and locks, and a crimp splice. Is one better then the other. I have no issue with tying other then its time consuming

Re: Fences

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:47 am
by GM888
I am running 2 wire electric fence on all my interior fences . Bought a load of posts a grain farmer pulled out 10 years ago for next 2 nothing, with no pressure on the fence , cows reaching through I think I will get another 20 years out of them. I can put up a mile of fence in a afternoon and they never cross it. Make sure I have a good slant brace at each end and some places I get up to 100 feet spacing on posts

Re: Fences

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:44 pm
by gcreekrch
Use the one my Daddy taught me.

Cross wire and hold with pliers, twist west bound wire around east wire and vice versa. You need two to make a repair unless the wire is really loose.

You need at least four tight wraps per side, six is better.

Re: Fences

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:52 pm
by GM888
gcreekrch wrote:Use the one my Daddy taught me.

Cross wire and hold with pliers, twist west bound wire around east wire and vice versa. You need two to make a repair unless the wire is really loose.

You need at least four tight wraps per side, six is better.

Hahaha. For barb wire that works fine and is how I splice. For High tensile it comes apart. For high tensile and high tensile barb wire I tie a square knot then wrap about 6 times but you need to tie 2 knots and wire that has been up a while is harder to work with in the high tensile. I probably pull my high tensile wire to tight according to the experts but found it worked better for me. If I have to splice theres not enough to tie a knot.

Re: Fences

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:42 pm
by gcreekrch
GM888 wrote:
gcreekrch wrote:Use the one my Daddy taught me.

Cross wire and hold with pliers, twist west bound wire around east wire and vice versa. You need two to make a repair unless the wire is really loose.

You need at least four tight wraps per side, six is better.

Hahaha. For barb wire that works fine and is how I splice. For High tensile it comes apart. For high tensile and high tensile barb wire I tie a square knot then wrap about 6 times but you need to tie 2 knots and wire that has been up a while is harder to work with in the high tensile. I probably pull my high tensile wire to tight according to the experts but found it worked better for me. If I have to splice theres not enough to tie a knot.



Those crimper thingys work good for that. I've used 2 loops for HT also and a lot of those splices have been there for many years.