Hedges, also known as live fencing, were another popular method for subdividing paddocks before the widespread use of wire fencing. This 1894 watercolour of a Hutt Valley farm shows hedges holding cattle. There is extensive hedging in the background, and on the right there is a wire fence. The wooden gate, swung off a heavy post, provides access for stock, people and machinery.
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