Story: Farm fencing

Impact of cattle

Impact of cattle

Cattle are much harder on fences than sheep. This bullock is using its weight to push through a fence and reach some good grazing on the other side. Over time this weakens the fence by stretching the wires and breaking the battens and posts. Electrifying one or two wires prevents this happening.

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New Zealand Herald
Reference: 6 March 2007
Photograph by Mark Mitchell

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Robert Peden, 'Farm fencing - Types of wire fence', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 April 2024)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008