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A Fence for Your Alpacas

August 19, 2021 | by Joe Morrell

alpaca neck and face portrait

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


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. 


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. 

Furry white alpaca face

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

Installing Various Types of Agricultural Fence - Video

May 20, 2010 | by Duncan Page

Excellent Advice

This instructional video from Bekaert points out important aspects of installing different types of high tensile agricultural fences - smooth wire, barbed wire, hinge joint field fence, fixed knot fence, and horse fence. Safety considerations, the importance of planning for your fence, and fence post selection are covered. Clear instructions on how to install a brace are also presented.

High Tensile Wire

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Topics: field fence, horse fence, high tensile wire

Woven Wire Horse Fence--2 Options

May 10, 2010 | by Frank Langone

majestic dunn

Security for Your Horse

A Choice of Two Styles of Fence

     Will you be boarding the horse at a different location or keeping it on your own property?

      Are you getting a horse for yourself or for your children?

There are two types of woven wire mesh fences ideal for horse paddocks: 

A 2" x 4" Woven Horse Fence


  • Galvanized class 1 or class 3 finish for protection from rust and corrosion
  • Black painted wire with heavy duty class 3 coating - blends into background
  • Long lifetime
  • Heavy 10 gauge top and bottom wires
  • 12.5 gauge filler wires2 horses behind fence
  • Strong square knots safely secure vertical and horizontal wires
  • 2" x 4" openings prevent hoof entanglement
  • Flexible - allows "racking" over uneven ground contours
  • No uneven or sharp wires to injure animals
  • 48" and 60" heights in 100' rolls

The Strong Keepsafe Diamond Mesh Woven Horse Fence 


  • Galvanized - class 1 and class 3 
  • Close spacing of wires prevents hooves from becoming entangled
  • Fence has spring and flexibilitydiamond mesh woven horse fence
  • Horizontal wires - heavy double strands of 12.5 gauge wires are twisted for strength
  • Vertical wires - 14 gauge wires create the V mesh
  • Requires little maintenance when installed
  • Rugged long lasting fence
  • No sharp edges to harm horses or people
  • 50" x 165' and 58" x 165' rolls available

These fences can be hung on wooden or studded T posts. Whichever style you choose, rest assured that your horses will be safe and secure. You will have a horse fence that is attractive, strong, and durable.
 four brown horses behind fence
Horse Fence
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Topics: woven wire, horse fence, 12.5 gauge

How to Install Bekaert's Woven 2 x 4 inch Horse Fence

April 8, 2010 | by Duncan Page

Bracing is Essential

Take a look at this video from the folks at Bekaert. Learn how to put up 2" x 4" woven mesh horse fencing.

Any questions or comments?

Horse Fence

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Topics: woven wire, horse fence, Bekaert

Welded & Woven Wire Mesh For Pet & Animal Containment

January 13, 2010 | by Frank Langone

vinyl coated welded wire mesh

What do your animals need?

Are you planning to get some animals that will need cages or pens?

Do you already have animals and need to upgrade, enlarge or improve their containment?

From hamsters to horses, birds to buffalo - there is a welded or woven wire mesh fencing available to do the job right.

Small Animal Enclosures

There are galvanized before, galvanized after, and vinyl-coated meshes available.

  • Cages for canaries, for example, can be made using light weight galvanized after weave 1/2" hex netting
  • For larger birds, welded meshes such as 1/2" x 1", 1" x 1", 1" x 2" and 1/2" x 3" can be used to make cages
  • Chicken, turkeys and game birds require larger pens; galvanized after weave and vinyl coated hex netting works well for the sides and you can use welded wire meshes for ground wire; the extra galvanizing and vinyl coating extend the life of the wire
  • Cages for rabbits, hamsters and the like can be made using 1/2" x 1"and 1" x 2" welded meshes; galvanized after weld products, when used, will last longest

bunny behind mesh

Larger Animal Enclosures

Stronger meshes made from heavier gauge wire are required, and the opening size of the mesh can be larger.

  • Dogs - smaller dogs can be contained with 16 gauge 2" x 2" woven or 2" x 3" welded wire mesh; for large dogs, 2" x 4" mesh works well; this is available in woven 12.5 gauge and welded 14, 12.5 and 11 gauge galvanized before, galvanized after and vinyl coated
  • Horse corrals can be made with 12.5 gauge flexible woven horse fence in a 2" x 4" or diamond mesh pattern
  • Secure enclosures for sheep and goats can be made using 12.5 gauge 4" x 4" woven mesh
  • For ostrich & emu pens use 12.5 gauge 2" x 4" woven mesh
  • Use field fence for cow pastures; there are different choices of 1047 style available
  • Extra tall (up to 10') woven fences are excellent for deer and wildlife containment or exclusion
Whatever size and type of animal you have, there is welded or woven wire fencing mesh that will keep them safe and secure.

Care to share your own experiences?
Galvanized Welded Wire Mesh
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Topics: wire fence, woven wire, welded wire, cages, horse fence

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