Livestock is a broad term and fences for different livestock species vary.  Here, you will find
further information on cattle, sheep, goat, deer, elk, and buffalo fencing.
Livestock Fence
Physical Barrier Fence
Perimeter fencing for cattle is normally Barb
Wire or Woven Wire.  It is a physical
resistance barrier type of fence with little or
no maintenance.  All you have to do is keep
the fence row clean.  A few physical barrier
fences are:
12½ gauge or 15½ gauge High
Tensile, Class III Galvanized Barb
Woven Wire with one strand of barb
wire on top
3 & 4 rail vinyl
High Tensile Wire
Hand—Built Pipe Fence
Cattle Fence consists of barb wire, high gauge electric wire, vinyl, hand built pipe fence and any combination.
Electric Fences
Electric fences serve as more of a mental
barrier.  A five wire high tensile electric fence can
easily be set up for rotational grazing, allowing
more beef/acre to be grazed and controlling the
grasses they eat.  Maintenance is higher
because the fence must be kept clear of
vegetation to perform properly. A few electric or
electrified fences are:
12½ gauge smooth High Tensile, Class
III Galvanized Wire, Electrified
Woven Wire with one strand of Electric
Wire on top or as a stand-off half way up
the fence
3 & 4 rail vinyl with a Hot Wire
Cattle Fence
Sheep & Goat Fence
Sheep and Goat fencing is intended to keep predators out and keep the small
animals in.  Good fences for sheep and goats are:

•Woven wire with close spacing at the bottom and 12” vertical stays.  This aids in
allowing the animals to get its head in and back out of the fence.

•A temporary electric fence is great for use of clearing heavy vegetation.  This
fence of six strands with alternating hot and grounded wire is installed on self
insulated fiberglass posts.  It can easily be cross-fenced to control the amount of
land available to the animals so that they will clear vegetation and underbrush.
Sheep Fence and Goat Fence is often woven wire or temporary electric strand fencing.  This allows you to control vegetation.