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Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:34 pm
On smooth HT if I have enough slack I use a figure 8 knot , I like ferrule on barb and will use on HT too. The gripples work well and are simple and quick but expensive IMO for old fence
Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:59 am
I had several pieces of barbed wire fence down because of the storm. I'm still trying to repair them. I have several 100 feet of HT using the poly "wire" and one piece of it was down. Took about ten minutes to fix the HT. I use poly HT line because the slick wire is heavy and requires pretty strong pull posts and line post much closer together than for the poly just to hold it up. No problem with the strength of the poly. Cattle learn very quickly about the HT and will not challenge it after the first time to stick their nose to it.
Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:39 pm
I have a lot less fence crawlers on my HT smoothwire fences than on my barbed.. my cows don't care at all about the barbs, extra scratching power is good apparently. The HT on the other hand is so darned tight it just feel solid, they don't put their heads through, and all the staples stay in. I am not going to make any more fences within the farm from barbed anymore... It just tends to hurt me more than anyone else since we have irrigation lines near it and without fail the barbs will catch you as you open and close the hydrants... every.. darn.. time.