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The staff at Wellscroft Fence Systems will prepare your first estimate of the approximate cost of your fencing project at no charge. However, there is certain information we need in order to provide you with the most accurate material cost estimate possible (in most cases, this estimate comes within 10% of the final cost). It is best to personally visit our farm so we can show you the different types of installation available and help you to better understand the construction of a fence. However, if you are unable to come in person, you may e-mail, fax or mail us a map of the area to be fenced. It can be a rough drawing but should include the information outlined below.

It should be noted that hi-tensile fences are designed to last at least 20 to 30 years, and although they can be taken down and moved, they do not lend themselves to this easily. We recommend, therefore, that fences be put along boundaries, stonewalls, roads, etc. where they will not be affected by future expansion. If there is any doubt about the permanence of any particular section of the hi-tensile fence, then we suggest using maxishock cable and rope for a semi-permanent installation which can be moved easily or in the case of wildlife control, Tenax plastic mesh or SmartNet.

1. Distances to the nearest 25', and total area to be fenced.

2. Note any slight or major change in direction, as high tensile fence must bend on a tree or substantial post or combination of posts.

3. Indicate where trees may be used for corners, gateways, and end of fence instead of brace assemblies. Note: Wellscroft always recommends attaching a board to the tree first before the fence is attached.

4. Mark where gates are to be located, and what type, height and width. What is the widest gate needed for future work on the area? How frequently is the gate used? For game gates, do they need a small walk-thru door for people? Note: On high tensile fences, we recommend as few gates as possible as every time the fence is interrupted, it will require another set of brace assemblies. In addition, wherever possible, gates should be located in corners as this can save money by eliminating two brace assemblies. Additionally, it is easier to move livestock through a gate in the corner of a pasture over the middle.

5. Should they be electrified? Do the gates need to be switched on and off independently?

6. Note dips, hills, streams that will necessitate earth anchors, anti-sink measures, water gaps, or a substantial line post/tree.

7. Note location of energizer. Can it be a plug-in model or will it run on a battery - if so, will you require a solar panel to recharge the battery? Where is the nearest source of electricity and utility ground, lightning protection, and ground field.

8. With a dotted line, indicate location of semi-permanent subdivisions and connection points to outer fence for rotational grazing.

9. Indicate location of houses, barns, utility grounds, roads, streams, stonewalls, buried water lines, ledge and wet lands.

10. Type of posts to be used: pressure treated wood, fiberglass, steel T, or other. What fence posts and/or fence material do you already have on hand, such as telephone poles, locust post, or trees?

11. What is your soil like? Is there ledge? Is it sandy? Is it wet? Is it boney?

12. Is the fence line cleared, or will you have to hire someone to clear it? Note: If there are stonewalls, it is best to build the hi-tensile fence right next to/or 15' into the woods side, so livestock can keep the walls clear of brush.

13. What specialized tools will need to be rented or purchased?

14. What are your expansion plans for the next five years? Do you plan to increase the number of types of animals, the number of acres fenced? It is in your best interest to purchase a big enough energizer initially to run any expanded fence.

15. In multi-animal situations, what kind of fence will serve all your needs, both now and in the future?

16. How does winter affect the need for fence and its effectiveness? On an electric fence does the polarity need to be switched for exclusion of wildlife or grounding of livestock?

17. Does the gate need to be electrified? Electric fences require an insulated wire to be buried in PVC under the gate. On small areas, electricity does not need to complete a circle which allows you to have one gate without having to run cable underneath it.

Please give our staff a call if you have any questions while preparing this information for a hi-tensile electric or woven wire fence estimate.
Please include the following information when sending us your proposal:
  • Name:
  • Address:
  • Telephone: Home, work, or mobile:
  • E-mail:
  • Fax:
  • Purpose of fence: (what do you want to fence in or out?)

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