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The building of a fence is essential to any farm and it especially has a significant set of benefits for hunting & game farms. Fences are advantageous to not only the structural layout of the farms but also have benefits regarding the safety and management of the animals.
Fences act as barriers on the farms to facilitate management of the animals as well as to prevent the fighting of males in different camps. Fences are also of great importance to ensure that predators cannot enter the camp and that your antelope can be safe and secure.The structural layout benefits also include the fact that you can manage different genes for breeding purposes.
First off it is important to know exactly what type of fence is preferred for your specific need.
Wire fencing is effective while also very practical and much easier to put up and work on. But in fact hi-tensile fences are designed specifically for deer or game, the small squares (or rectangles) in the fencing near ground level will accomplish much in the way of predator control year-round.
Here is a list of 5 types of fencing material to consider before building the fence.
1. 22 Staaldraad
This is the standard type of fencing, which is effective for most of the bigger antelope species. However it is not very effective regarding predators and small antelope.
2. 32 Staaldraad
This is an upgraded version of the standard fence as the bottom part of the fence only has 5cm spaces between the wires. This helps a great deal when coming to management of smaller antelope and warthogs.
This type of fencing is recognized by a series of 150mmx150mm squares. Bonnox is an easy fence to put up and is esthetically pleasing but small antelope can get tangled in the holes with their horns.
This type of fencing is similar to Bonnox. The difference lies therein that the squares are 100mmx100mm on the bottom and then increase in size higher up the fence.
After consideration Varkdraad is the type of fence that can be used in all the camps. It effectively keeps out predators and prevents big and small antelope from getting out or getting tangled in the fence. Another plus point lies in the thread tension of the fence – it is tight enough that an antelope running into the fence would rather bounce back than get tangled.
There are other factors other than the material that should also be kept in mind when building a fence.
It is imperative that there should always be an electric fence on the outside part of the fence as it prevents predators from entering the camp where your animals are kept. It is only necessary to put electric fencing on the inside of camps where it is required to prevent bulls from fighting with each other through the fence. In camps with smaller antelope, no inside electric fencing is needed.
A good quality 4,2m long and 2,4m high gate will suffice, but a vendusie gate is preferable. It is stronger, more stable and more durable. An effective lock mechanism is also of high importance. Great care should be taken to ensure that the gate is anchored and stable.
The shock box capacity should be kept in mind because there are a few variants available for different types of wire. Battery-powered models are preferred as it can continue to provide power irrespective of the electricity status. Ensure that there is a good earth about every 100m and that the cables are laid deep enough and isolated in PVC pipes at the gates.
Helpful tips: For camps where you keep Eland or Kudu it is advisable to make sure the fence is 3m high as these antelope can jump over the standard 2,4m fence. Ensure that there are no trees closer than 3m on the outside of the fence because predators could use the trees to climb over into the camps.Trees on the inside of the fence are preferable as it can assist a predator to escape the camp if it should happen to get inside.
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