The best agricultural fencing is whichever fence will reliably keep the deer, rabbits and other wildlife from your crops, as these animals can absolutely ruin all of your hard work if allowed to do so. With a good agricultural fence in place, you’ll love those wild critters and will be able to rest a lot easier at night.
Is New York’s abundant wildlife eating up all of your profits?
Let’s face it: most farmers eventually have heated encounters with unwanted wild animals. They’re hungry, and you’ve got an overabundance of options for them all in one place (and that sure beats foraging elsewhere). The best solution (and probably kindest to the animals) for keeping them out is a quality agricultural fence.
A good farm dog can be a huge help, and there are repellents and devices designed to scare some animals away; however, you just can’t beat a well-chosen agricultural fence because of its long-term reliability and around-the-clock protection (let’s face it, sooner or later your dog is going to have to stop to eat and sleep).
Turn yourself into a pest detective
In order to properly select the right fencing for your particular application, you’re first going to need to know exactly which pests you’re dealing with. This may require a little detective work on your part. Pay close attention to the evidence—footprints, tooth marks, droppings, etc.—they leave behind. You can also check with the NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to find out which animals in your area have been known for damaging gardens and/or crops.
You might actually witness damage being done by birds, squirrels and other smaller animals during the daylight hours; unfortunately, the night shift proves to be a lot harder to track. With a little patience and detective work, however, you can get to the bottom of it.
Available fencing options
Woven and welded wire fencing are the two most common agricultural fencing types. Woven wire fencing must be forcibly stretched between deeply set, reinforced posts, as secure bracing is a top priority; its flexibility makes it very resilient and easier to install on uneven terrain than welded wire fencing, which is much stiffer than woven wire.
Due to its increased stiffness, welded wire doesn’t require the posts to be as deeply set, which makes it easier to install; it works best on relatively level ground due to its minimal flexibility. Welded wire products can even come with smaller mesh along the lower edge to keep livestock (if you have any) from getting their hooves caught and can also deter some of the smaller animal pests.
Once armed with this new knowledge, you’re now ready to begin the process of actually selecting your agricultural fencing product. This is where the experts at Northeastern Fences come into play. Whether you need to fence a small garden area or your job more sizable, Northeastern Fences is here to provide you with the perfect solution for your particular situation.
Wouldn’t it be nice to go to bed knowing that your crops and gardens will look better in the morning? For additional information or to schedule an appointment, either give us a call or stop by our showroom to see our fencing products firsthand. We’re always here to help!