Fencing Material Costs

Fencing Material Costs

5-strand barbed wire fence

The summer months bring green grass to graze for horses and livestock, and one project that is ongoing is fence maintenance or construction. Fences need to be properly maintained on a regular basis to ensure livestock or horses stay in the pasture, paddock or pen where they are supposed to be, rather than at the neighbors, in a field or on a roadway.

In 2011, Extension Educator Monte Stauffer, calculated some fencing costs here locally, for a ½ mile of straight fence. Here is an estimated cost for the fencing materials alone, there may be additional costs for other equipment needed to build and maintain the fence. Some examples of the extra costs would be a shovel, fence stretcher for barbed wire, post driver, fencing pliers, etc.

All of the following figures are for ½ mile of straight fence (2,640 feet). Realize that these are only estimates. There are many variables that can go into fencing costs - types of posts, gauge of wire, length of fence, and type of fencer, for example. It is best to have an idea how much area (or length) needs fenced, and to visit your local farm supply store to price it.

Electric Dollars
1 Strand
132 electric posts $183.48
4 T posts corners $19.16
2,640 ft wire $53.98
132 insulators $36.91
Electric fencer $100
TOTAL $393.53
Electric Dollars
1 Strand
132 electric posts $183.48
4 T posts corners $19.16
5,280 ft wire $107.96
264 insulators $73.81
Electric fencer $100
TOTAL $484.41
BARBED WIRE Dollars
5 Strands on Wooden Posts
134 posts (3.5" x 6.5') $735.66
4 post corners (6" x 8') $61.96
13,200 ft wire $550
Staples $20
TOTAL $1,367.62
BARBED WIRE Dollars
5 Strands on Steel Posts
132 posts (6.5') $632.28
4 post corners (6" x 8') $61.96
2 wood posts (3.5" x 6.5') $10.98
13,200 ft wire $550
Staples $20
TOTAL $1,257.22

By Sara Ellicott, UNL Extension Livestock Educator