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Fencing Costs and Effectiveness for Unusual Challenges

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Ok – so you don’t have kangaroo or elk problems. Read this anyway. You’ll find som
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Jim Gerrish is the author of "Management-Intensive Grazing: The Grassroots of Grass Farming" and "Kick the Hay Habit: A Practical Guide to Year-around Grazing" and is a popular speaker at conferences around the world. His company, American GrazingLands Services LLC is dedicated to improving the health and sustainable productivity of grazing lands around the world through the use of Management-intensive Grazing practices. They work with small farms, large ranches, government agencies and NGO's to promote economically and environmentally sustainable grazing operations and believe healthy farms and ranches are the basis of healthy communities and healthy consumers. Visit their website to find out more about their consulting services and grazing management tools, including electric fencing, stock water systems, forage seed, and other management tools.


  1. Curt Gesch says:

    Thank you for this useful information.
    My brother hunts in Namibia where they raise lots of sheep and do outfitting for hunters of wild critters. They control predators (kill them all, as I understand it) and have some sort of perimeter fence along a border. They do not, however, exclude wild herbivores, but make them part of their operation’s income.
    This is not an ad for that style of land usage or that type of hunting or farming/outfitting, but excluding everything that might negatively affect farming doesn’t seem right, either.

    All those caveats aside, thank you again for this article.

  2. Peter Allemang says:

    Why does the skirt goes on the interior of the fence, when presumably the diggers would be digging in from the outside? And instead of log or rock weights, do they ever use long rebar “staples” or other mechanical methods? Thanks Jim!

    P.S.: Typo in 2nd paragraph: “on of the” instead of “one of the”. Sorry–spent my Uni. money on English instead of regenerative fodder systems; finally came to my senses and am catching up!

    • Kathy Voth says:

      Thanks for the typo note. I fixed it! 🙂

    • Jim Gerrish says:

      Hi Peter, That is a good question. No one ever said why, but all the fences I saw had the skirt on the inside. Maybe the perceived digging psychology is if it is on the outside, the digger would just start digging at the outer edge of the skirt, but if an animal thinks it has dug under the vertical part of the fence and is coming up and encounters the skirt, maybe it is supposed to think, ‘The way is barred! I must turn back.’
      Both of those are pretty silly notions.
      I really don’t know why the skirt is to the inside. Maybe one of our Australian readers could enlighten us.

      Re the use of rebar stables versus weights to hold the skirt in place, I never saw any skirts stapled down but I am sure it is plausible in some soils.
      Jim G

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