How Much Does Farm Fencing Cost?

Andy Sparhawk
Written by Andy Sparhawk
Updated May 27, 2021
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The typical cost of farm fencing is between $2,075 and $2,230.

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If you have horses, cows, or other farm animals roaming your land, keeping them safe and secure is a number one priority—and that's where a fence comes in. There are many options for farm fencing, but that doesn’t mean they’re all right for you and your livestock. The farm fencing costs depend on your animals, the fence’s size, and the materials used.

How Much Does It Cost to Add Farm Fencing per Linear Foot?

The average cost of farm fencing is between $2 and $20 per linear foot. Farm fencing should be at least 5 feet tall, highly visible, and sturdy yet flexible enough not to injure an animal who might run into it. Find professional fencing companies near you that can help you make the right decision to fit your needs.

How Much Farm Fencing Can You Get on a Budget?

Materials and labor are the biggest factors in your farm fencing cost. But even if you’re working on a tight budget, you can still build a fence that works for you and keeps your cows corralled.

$1,000

Maximize your low-end budget of $1,000 by choosing affordable fencing material. High-tensile wire, including barbed wire and electric wire, runs as low as $0.03 per linear foot. But take note: you’ll need more than one strand to stop your animals from wandering through, so account for two or three strands when planning your fencing. Another affordable option is tape, which can be highly visible, but winds can damage the fence easily.

$1,500

The high-tensile wire remains the best material with a budget of $1,500, as each foot costs $0.03 to $0.12. Don't forget: your fence will need multiple strands to be effective livestock fencing for larger animals.

$2,000

A higher budget of $2,000 gives you more options for materials. You can opt for metal or wooden fencing, which is a great choice for larger animals including horses that require room to stretch their legs. Installing wood fencing makes for a classic farm look, though steel pipe is best for big guys such as cattle and bulls.

$2,500

At $2,500, you have the freedom to choose whatever materials you prefer for the perfect balance of strength, security, and aesthetics. Again, keep in mind that livestock fencing should be at least 4- to 5-feet high.

How Much Does It Cost to Add Farm Fencing Yourself?

You can definitely build the fence yourself, but keep in mind that improperly built or ineffective fences (as in, ones that let your pigs squeeze right through the rails) will incur higher maintenance costs in the future. When the average price of a fence is roughly $2,000, hiring a capable fencing company to do it right the first time will save you money in the long run.

Farm Fencing Cost Breakdown

Cost FactorPrice Range
Materials$200 – $630
Labor$32 – $520
Maintenance$0.06 – $0.07 per foot
Total$2,075 – $2,230

How Much Does It Cost to Install Farm Fencing by Type?

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Depending on your needs and what critters you have in your pastures, you’ll need to pick the right type of fence.

Pipe

A pipe fence costs $7 to $10 per linear foot. Pipe fencing is strong enough to hold large livestock including horses and cattle, and when properly installed it can last up to 20 years without requiring much maintenance.

High-Tensile

As one of the most cost-effective fencing materials for livestock, high-tensile fencing is easy to install but requires multiple strands to secure your enclosure.

MaterialCost
High-tensile non-electric wire$0.02 – $0.03 per strand*
High-tensile bare (electric) wire$0.03 – $0.12 per strand*
High-tensile barbed wire$0.03 – $0.05 per strand*
Electric high-tensile polymer$0.10 – $0.15 per line*
Non-electric high-tensile polymer$0.11 – $0.13 per line*
High-tensile polymer rail$0.80 – $0.90

* Fences often require multiple strands of wire.

Wood Post & Board

Traditional and beautiful wood ranch fencing costs $3–$9 per foot, providing security—and pride!—to your farm. Wood has a high upfront installation cost and requires continual maintenance throughout its life, which is around 15—20 years.

Hog, Bull, & Cattle Panel 

Larger animals require fortified fencing. Hog panel, bull panel, and cattle fencing cost between $1.25 and $2.50 per linear foot.

Vinyl 

Vinyl fencing costs between $8 and $20 per linear foot, which is very high compared to other fencing materials. That said, vinyl lasts up to 15 years and is safer than wood because it won't splinter.

Woven Wire

Woven wire field fence costs between $0.10 and $0.14 per braid, and multiple braids are needed for your fence. Woven wire provides a complete enclosure to the bottom of the fence, making it a good material for smaller animals such as chickens.

Tape 

Fences made from tape material are cost-effective, but susceptible to damage, particularly wind damage. Tape fencing material costs between $0.04–$0.28 per strand.

No Climb

No climb fences are woven fences that are effective at keeping wildlife (as in, deer looking for a snack) out of your space. No climb fences cost between $1.40 and $1.90.

What Factors Influence the Cost to Install Farm Fencing?

  • Area: Planning how much fencing you need is crucial to your project’s cost. Fencing companies calculate material costs by linear feet, and the area of the enclosure depends on its use and what animals will be held there. 

  • Material: Fencing can last anywhere between 4–20 years. While some materials carry a high upfront cost, their longevity allows for the upkeep cost to be spread across many years, drastically reducing the fence's total cost.

Horse and Farm Fencing FAQs

Should I buy or build horse fencing?

Adding fencing can be difficult, specialized work. Deciding whether to contract out the task or add fencing yourself depends on the time you have and your DIY prowess. Keep in mind that some fences need upkeep and repairs throughout their lives, while certain fences can last up to 20 years with relatively little maintenance. Still, wood horse fencing and other types of fencing carry a high upfront cost. Saving on labor is an attractive opportunity—as long you have the right tools and know-how.

How do I choose where to add a gate?

Ranchers should add gates to the corner of your fence. Additionally, avoid placing gates over any low ground spots where water may collect, creating muddy puddles.

What should I consider when choosing fencing?

When choosing fencing, before considering how the fence looks, account for the animals you need to protect. Horses, cattle, and hog fencing all consider the size and temperament of the animals. Poultry and smaller animals will require different fencing. Also, consider what you'd like to keep out. For instance, deer can easily jump 4- to 5-feet fencing like an Olympian pole vaulter. No climb fencing can deter wild animals from crossing your fence.

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