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For sheep and goats, a 4 × 4 Class 3 galvanized wire mesh is popular, as well as other
types of graduated wire mesh, he says. High
tensile single strand is often used for cattle
but is discouraged for horses due to safety
reasons. For deer deterrent, a 75″H or 8'H
graduated Class 3 galvanized wire is available.
"Smaller family farms often use post and
rail with wire mesh attached to keep animals, dogs or even children from wandering," Esch says.
The first steps in planning a fence for
animal containment is to consider how to
protect livestock, he says. Fences should be
built with rounded corners, not 90-degree
corners, to keep animals from getting
trapped or pushed into the corner.
"Next step is to consider how long you
need this fence to last and what price can
you afford," Esch says. "Putting a strand
of hot wire on a fence can help preserve its
longevity."
Things to look for in quality products,
according to Esch:
* Galvanized wire: Class 3 is better than
Class 1.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CHESTER COUNTY FENCING

animals themselves can take a toll on fencing over the years. Loose boards and wires
can injure the animals and you. The fence
must be inspected regularly and especially
after storms or extreme weather. Again, the
safety of the animals is most important."
For farm and ranch fences, it is not a onesize-fits-all situation when determining the
appropriate fencing needs, Koloski says.
"If you have doubts, it's always best to
contact your local dealer with any concerns
you may have," he says.
Ephraim Esch, owner of Esch's Fencing
LLC in Gap, Pennsylvania, says a variety
of agricultural fence products are available depending upon the intended use. For
instance, horse fence may consist of 2 × 4
Class 3 galvanized woven wire with a board
on top, or 5″ flexible fence, which is safe and
also low maintenance.
"Wood fences such as nail on board, slip
board or post and rail are very popular,"
Esch says. "PVC-coated wire mesh can be
added to wood fences to help keep small
animals in or out, and also prevent small
children from climbing through the fence."

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* Treatment: Agriculture products CCA
and residential is MCA vinyl coated;
Wire: Galvanized after welding, then
PVC coated.
* Type of wood for treated posts: Southern
yellow pine kiln dried prior to treatment.
* Type of wood for untreated posts:
Black locust.
* PVA and aluminum are less maintenance,
however the materials are not as strong
as wood.
Esch's installation tip: "A ranch fence with
wood posts is typically installed with a post
pounder, which will make a post tighter
than digging."
Riverdale's wire mesh can be used in combination with post and board, post and rail
and other multipurpose fencing, says Jane
Lanzillo, spokeswoman for Riverdale Mills
Corp. in Northbridge, Massachusetts. The
welded wire mesh is coated with Riverdale's
proprietary PVC coating, made in-house at
Riverdale Mills, which lasts for years without chipping or rusting.
"All Riverdale Mills products are galvanized after being welded, which ensures


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fencepost - May/June 2018

Editor’s Note
Executive Director’s Message
President’s Message
Board of Directors | Chapter Presidents Committee
Fencelines
Fenced In: Best Practices for Farm and Ranch Enclosures
CLFMI
Getting in the Loop
VMA
Long-Term Objectives of AFA’s Upcoming Certified Fence Contractor Program
5 Strategies to Give Your Fencing Company a Good Name
New Members
Solving the Puzzle
An Aging Workforce – Is 60 the New 40?
Chapter News
Fence Contractors: Manage Your Auto Fleet Risk
Minding Your Business
Calendar
Index to Advertisers
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Intro
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - cover1
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - cover2
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 3
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 4
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 5
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 6
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Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 9
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Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 11
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 12
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Editor’s Note
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 14
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Executive Director’s Message
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 16
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - President’s Message
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 18
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Board of Directors | Chapter Presidents Committee
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Fencelines
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 21
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Fenced In: Best Practices for Farm and Ranch Enclosures
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 23
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 24
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 25
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 26
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - CLFMI
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Getting in the Loop
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 29
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 30
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 31
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 32
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - VMA
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 34
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Long-Term Objectives of AFA’s Upcoming Certified Fence Contractor Program
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 36
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 5 Strategies to Give Your Fencing Company a Good Name
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 38
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - New Members
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Solving the Puzzle
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 41
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - An Aging Workforce – Is 60 the New 40?
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 43
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Chapter News
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 45
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Fence Contractors: Manage Your Auto Fleet Risk
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 47
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - 48
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Minding Your Business
Fencepost - May/June 2018 - Index to Advertisers
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