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Issue #16.10

The Wilshire & Co Weekly

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Exclusion Fencing - it's a game changer !

More than just a fence...exclusion fencing enables you to become better equipped to manage total grazing pressure and implement new & improved grazing practices. Read on to learn our top 5 tips from the team at Wilshire & Co when you are planning exclusion fencing.

This recent successful exclusion project used 15/150/15cm prefabricated fencing with hinged apron.
Consider the option to include a single barbed wire and provide additional height on top for an extra deterrent.

Invest in exclusion fencing today, reap the rewards for a lifetime.

Feral animals can cause severe damage to your fencing, crops and your stock as well as getting into your stock’s food supply. That’s why a sturdy, feral-proof fence that keeps them out and your stock safe, is essential. Kangaroos, wild dogs, emus and rabbits can all play havoc with your fences and stock, so here are some feral fencing tips from our fencing experts at Wilshire & Co to keep them at bay. 
 

1. Exclusion Fence design 

Prefabricated fence designs are strong, quick to erect and best suited to creating an effective barrier between feral animals and your stock and feed supply. Choose a dedicated feral animal control fencing product, features such as a wire knot design that forms a very tight bond between the vertical picket wires and the horizontal line wires – making it difficult for a feral animal to push through. Talk to us about your fencing needs - it's never a one size fits all approach, we specialize in designing solution's for your project, no matter how big or small. 

2. Steel Posts 

There are various brands of Steel Posts on the market, and at Wilshire & Co we can recommend quality brand posts that wont let you down and are supplied with complete manufacturers backup. Choose from black bituminous dipped coatings which provide a tough outer barrier, or hot dipped galvanized for optimum protection. Some posts feature ground and center marks, for quick and easy fence line up at ground level; precision hole alignment & spacing for a uniform fence from the last post, uniformly cut end points to drive in straight and easy. Ask us for recommendations on which is the best fence posts to suit your fencing project, we have a wide range of the highest quality posts. 

3. Barbed sight wire and netting  

Consider installing a 1.8mm to 2.5mm barbed wire approximately 50mm from ground level as your sight wire. The sharp barbs will help deter feral dogs and pigs and Kangaroos from digging or pushing under the fence. Another barbed wire at the top of the fence will also act as a deterrent if animals push up against the fence to test it. Alternatively, you can dig a trench along the base of the fence and bury netting to a depth of around 15cm to deter burrowing animals, such as rabbits. Attach the remainder of the exposed netting to the bottom of the prefabricated fence. Waratah Longlife netting is suitable here, with this design only needing a top barbed wire. 

4. Fence corners

Corners are high-pressure areas, so strengthening these up can help prevent feral animals from finding a weak spot and getting through. Kangaroos in particular can cause a lot of damage to your corners. By spacing your fence posts closer together and using a larger and stronger fence post like Waratah's Jio MaxY , XL Stockposts or MEGA Posts to help prevent this. Also, using products such as Waratah's Adjusta Stay, Whites Rural End Assembly, Stay Tight All Steel Strainer Assembly's from Rotech will ensure a fail safe result you can rely on in your high pressure zones. 
 

5. Wire tension

Ensure your wire is tensioned to the correct specifications as advised by the manufacturer, if not done correctly the wire will simply not perform against feral animals. Consider using heavy duty tensioner tools from Waratah to ensure the correct tension is achieved for your fence line. 

Your ideal Steel Post

* will be made from high performance steel, consistently rolled, uniformly cut with holes precisely drilled, either black bituminous finish or hot dipped  for optimum protection, break, bend and twist resistent
* cheapest is not always best as the investment is generally a once in a generation decision

Pre Fabricated Fence 

* look for consistent mesh size and graduated mesh spacing's to provide impact resistant barricades against wallabies, kangaroos, pigs and other feral animals
* have 
rigid knots that resist vertical wires from being separated, reducing the chance of feral animals penetrating the fence barrier
* there are a number of new knot options available that may be suitable

End Assembly's

* ideally they should be fully adjustable, effective in all types of conditions such as sloping, hard or rocky ground
• designed for strength, reliability and ease of use

 

More Than Just a Fence ! 5 Reasons Why:


1. Exclusion Fencing is about giving producers back control of their time, finances and wellbeing by delivering significant infrastructure that can have a huge impact on the profitability of a business that was previously nonviable due to wild dogs and other feral animals.
 
2. Having an exclusion fence in place can been a boon in the dry years. It allows you to run the normal stock numbers in a better body condition and get a longer lead time before the driest seasons really start to have an impact.

3. Once fenced new and improved management practices can be implemented with natural grazing of paddocks and massive reduction in stress levels for producers involved in the management of livestock susceptible to wild dogs. Increasing pressure from  pigs, deer and kangaroo's on horticultural crops also make exclusion fencing a viable option to protect your future income,


4. Exclusion fences are very effective in preventing wild dogs entering the property, reduces grazing pressure from kangaroos, and can allow you to run livestock in paddocks that were formerly unsuitable without the stress of wild dog attacks.
  
5. If the fence is well designed and has been well constructed using good materials, then ongoing maintenance is minimal. 
 

See the latest projected Cost Benefits from recent Cluster Fencing projects in Western Qld 
IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING EXCLUSION FENCING ON YOUR PROPERTY CALL IN AND SEE YOUR LOCAL BLOKES FOR THE BEST FENCING DESIGN ADVICE & COMPETITIVE QUOTES. WE'LL MAKE SURE YOU GET THE RIGHT PRODUCTS FOR THE JOB. REMEMBER THESE PROJECTS ARE A ONCE IN A GENERATION INVESTMENT SO MAKE SURE YOU CONSIDER ALL SUITABLE OPTIONS. 
Hear from Central Western graziers on why they want to cluster fence their properties and their tips on construction at the RAPAD YouTube Channel

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