All steel sys­tem makes good long-term fenc­ing so­lu­tion

Country Smallholding - - Ask The Experts -

QAfter 10 years much of my live­stock fenc­ing needs re­plac­ing. Are there any op­tions to ex­tend the life of the stakes?

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Sally Mor­gan says: In­vest­ment in qual­ity fenc­ing with a 25-plus year life is wise and, al­though the stan­dard post and stock fence seems the cheap­est op­tion, when you fac­tor in the life ex­pectancy of the prod­uct, it is false econ­omy. There are sev­eral long-life fenc­ing op­tions. Cre­osote is not a prod­uct I like be­cause of the tox­i­c­ity, but many sup­pli­ers of­fer cre­osoted posts with a 25-year guar­an­tee. Bi­tu­men is an­other op­tion, ei­ther paint or sleeve. Our heavy clay soil cre­ates per­fect con­di­tions for rot, so for our new post and rail fenc­ing, we ap­plied a bi­tu­men sleeve to the ground line part of the post, cre­at­ing a bar­rier 5cm above the ground to 30cm be­low. This should ex­tend the life of the post to 20-plus years.

On my small­hold­ing, I chose Clipex ( above), an all-steel sys­tem for new live­stock fenc­ing. It was quick to in­stall (with no sta­pling), sur­pris­ingly eco­nom­i­cal, boasted a 30-year guar­an­tee and, of course, the metal can be re­cy­cled over and over again.

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