Tips for installing livestock fencing include paying special attention to the size, bracing, and type of corner posts and understanding the correct amount of spacing needed between posts. It is important to make the fencing sturdy enough to hold livestock, yet non-invasive enough to interfere with local wildlife.
When installing corner posts, the diameter of the post influences the strength of the fence. For the most secure net wire fence, use a post with an 8-inch diameter. Brace corner posts with 4-inch by 10-foot posts that rest on an angle and fit into half-inch notches on the corner posts. Use wood posts, especially for electric fences, as metal posts can lessen the effectiveness of the fence.
Space posts equally every 16 1/2 feet for barbed wire fencing. For electric fencing, place the posts every 80 to 100 feet. For fences with 100 feet between posts, use a short post to brace the wires halfway between each post.
Fences can be destroyed inadvertently by local wildlife. Large fences are often broken by wildlife trying to navigate around or over them. Replace regular posts with PowerFlex posts. Use low-profile fencing to allow wildlife enough room to duck under the barbs while still limiting the height; this way, animals that run into the fence hit it with the lightest parts of their bodies and inflict less damage.