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Joe Morrell

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A Fence for Your Alpacas

August 19, 2021 | by Joe Morrell

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Ideal Alpaca Fencing

The best fence for alpacas is a type of classic horse fence. It's a woven wire mesh that is Galvanized Before Weave (GBW). This 12½ gauge mesh has openings that are 2 inches by 4 inches and 60 inches high (5ft.) and comes in a 200 foot long roll. This wire fence has 16 horizontal wires spaced 4 inches apart. Vertical wires have 2 inch spacing. Along with use for alpacas, this 2" x 4" mesh woven non-climbable horse fence is also ideal for fencing in ostrich, emu, large dogs, goats and other animals.

Making Sure Your Alpaca is Secure

This fence features strong steel wire that's Class 3 galvanized for maximum rust protection. Woven non-climbable fence mesh features an attractive appearance as well as long life. Before the wires are woven into the mesh, the entire finished product is drawn through a bath of molten zinc (830°F.) This galvanization-before-weave creates a mesh that emerges with a thick coating tightly bonded to the wire. Each strand of wire is protected and more importantly, each vulnerable woven area is thoroughly sealed, assuring that this wire will endure.

And the benefits of that Class 3 zinc coating?

  • Lowest cost over the long run
  • Damage resistance--the zinc patina guards the metal underneath
  • Has the luster of stainless steel, but is much less expensive
  • Offers consistent results
  • Ensured longevity

Smooth

The woven knots are both rust-resistant--they will not hold water, and they're smooth--protecting both animals and people from injury. Stiff "square" knots, formed by a third piece of wire woven around each intersection hold horizontal and vertical wires securely, yet allow for ease of erection over uneven land. 

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The square deal knot prevents the fence from buckling or sagging. It also provides extra vertical strength and rigidity while at the same time allowing flexibility. 

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Notes on Alpacas

  • From the Camelid family; however, like llamas, they're generally much better-natured than camels
  • Their wool is prized; finer and more plentiful than a llama's
  • Well-suited to small farms and homesteading
  • Alpaca wool is softer than cashmere and much warmer than sheep's wool
  • Alpacas are not guardians in the way that llamas are
  • Their manure can be directly put on the garden
  • 5 alpacas per acre depending on the fertility of the pasture
  • Alpacas always need companions
  • Males and females kept strictly separate unless breeding

Here's a helpful video showing the reasoning behind appropriate enclosures for alpacas. It finishes with this expert's view of the ideal alpaca fence, detailed above. 

 

Alpaca Fence

Generally known as Horse Fence

 

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Topics: horse fence, galvanized before, woven wire mesh

Setting Posts for Your Fence

July 15, 2021 | by Joe Morrell

Setting Posts--No Concrete

Mark, Line, and Set. This excellent demonstration shows how to deal with undulating terrain, obstacles, and planning for gates. Tamp it down and forget the concrete! Okay, this moves slowly, but its thorough and makes a heck of a lot of sense. 

 

Farm and Field Fence

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Topics: fencing materials, field fence, high tensile wire, farm fence, deer and orchard fence

Bird Barriers

May 27, 2021 | by Joe Morrell

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So Beautiful and So Out of Place

Birds in warehouses, birds in airplane hangars, birds in stores. So how about a way that protects our workplaces and machinery but also birds at the same time? One answer is 1/2" mesh barrier netting. Why? It blocks all bird species humanely while preventing landing, roosting, and nesting in the rafters of hangars and large warehouses. 

Birds and Bird Droppings (as well as feathers and nesting materials):                   

  • On planes are highly corrosive--damaging coatings, aluminum, and metal, finally ruining the integrity of the structure itself
  • On engines can cause malfunctions and nest-building can wreak havoc in air intakes and exhaust systems, increasing maintenance and cleaning, causing delays
  • Damage mechanisms that are chain-driven, and can block up forklifts, doors on loading docks, electrical outlets, and panels 
  • In loading areas--costly equipment can be damaged
  • Can create health risks in storage areas by contaminating supplies
  • Are distracting and dangerous on floors for work crews, creating liability concerns
  • Are able to disrupt production altogether

>A large hangar can house thousands of starlings and sparrows  

Call Louis Page. Talk with us about your warehouse, hangar, or any of your workplace fence and mesh requirements.

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Bird Barriers

Working with game birds? Check out this blog.

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Topics: 1/2" mesh, barrier netting, aviary netting

Tips for Using Hardware Cloth - Video

May 13, 2021 | by Joe Morrell

Some Very Handy Tips

Wait for it! Some excellent hands-on help with managing hardware cloth.

 

Hardware Cloth is great for a variety of different applications, including:

  • aviaries
  • window guards
  • screen door reinforcement
  • exclusion screens for nuisance wildlife
  • small animal cages
  • shrub and tree protection
  • sieves and strainers
  • stucco mesh
  • ferro-cement boats
  • sculptures and other structures

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These wire cloth meshes are not just available with galvanized-after finishes--hardware cloth is also available with vinyl-coated and stainless steel finishes. 

Hardware Cloth

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Topics: hardware cloth, galvanized

Fencing-in Goats - Video

April 16, 2021 | by Joe Morrell

Pasturing Goats - A Basic Design

Here's a practical demonstration in creating a very sound enclosure for keeping goats: 

 

Learn more about Goats and Fencing.

 Sheep and Goat Fence

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Topics: woven wire, high tensile wire, galvanized

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