Planning Layout for Fence for Sheep and Horses

Asked April 13, 2017, 2:37 PM EDT

We have 10 acres, a small flock of sheep, 4 horses and a small barn. I want to plan our fencing so that it is best for animal "traffic" and possibly so that one part of it can be fallow. Can you recommend resources for things to consider and mistakes to avoid?

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Here are some fencing resources :
Online Fence Building References: Links to fencing tips and techniques for management-intensive grazing systems. Where farmers find and share information.

Planning and Building Fences on the Farm - Several decisions must be made when installing fencing. Such as what the fence will be used for, what type of fence is best suited for the use, and where should the fence be constructed. This publication is designed to help in planning a new or renovated fencing system.

17 Mistakes To Avoid With Electric Fencing - With a little commitment and a modest investment in time to learn how to use this new technology, you can save thousands of dollars and hours of maintenance time by making electric fencing work for you. So you won't have to learn the hard way, here are 17 common mistakes that you should avoid!

Here are some pasture management resources as well.

There's a great publication called Pasture and Grazing Management in the Pacific Northwest: http://www.westernsare.org/content/download/73141/1058706/PNW0614.pdf?inlinedownload=1

OSU Forage Management Series is a five part series offered in Corvallis. This course will give you information for managing your pasture.