Fencing is a requirement for small farms, especially those that have one or more large animals, such as a dairy cow. With an increasing number of small farms and homesteads once again opting to keep a dairy cow, keeping them safe from threats like traffic and predatory animals must be taken seriously and fencing is the best way to do this.
These family cows provide real value to their owners, in the form of milk and other dairy products, as well as calves for beef and manure to fertilize gardens and pastures. In addition, family cows also provide value by eating a variety of weeds, grasses, and plants that would otherwise need to be mowed or eradicated. If you have purchased a dairy cow for your small farm, or are planning to do so in the future, these fencing tips will help you keep her safe and happy.
Perimeter fencing tips
The first consideration when fencing is to make sure the perimeter of the property is secure from outside threats. In addition, it will also provide a necessary last barrier to keep your cow from straying into traffic or wandering away, should she get past any interior fencing. Since feral dogs can be a threat to the safety of the family cow and her calf, the perimeter fence should consist of woven wire, with two or more strands of barbed wire on the top to make it more secure.
The best woven wire for this purpose will have smaller spacing near the bottom and larger near the top. The smaller spacing prevents dogs, coyotes, and other animals from coming through the openings in the fence. This type of woven wire will typically be from 26 to 48 inches high. This height, plus two or three strands of barbed wire strung across the top will also prevent even large dogs from being able to jump or climb over the fence to get to your cow.
Rotational grazing tips
Once the perimeter is of your land is secure, rotational grazing is a great choice to help you get the most use of your small acreage. Rotational grazing works best with temporary electric fencing systems that are lightweight and easy to move frequently. Doing this allows your cow to enjoy a constant supply of fresh forage.
To get help in deciding which type of electrical fencing will work best on your farm, as well as make arrangements for perimeter fencing to be installed, contact a reputable local fencing contractor, like Crown Fence Co, and ask them to visit your farm. They will be able to evaluate your needs and help you choose the best possible fencing options to keep your family cow safe and sound.