Fencing System Farm Profiles


Hi, I’m Jake Overgaard, University of Minnesota
Extension Educator in Winona County, and welcome to our video on fencing systems. In the video,
we profile four farms in southeast MN that are using rotational grazing, and how they
have set up their fencing systems. So, if you’re looking to install a new fence or are
looking to make changes to your current system, this should be a helpful video for you to
watch. So, hope you enjoy it, and thanks for watching. A. Earth-Be-Glad Farm near Lewiston,
MN has been using rotational grazing since 1989. They raise 100% grass-fed beef, free-range
chickens, crops and flowers on their organic farm
Currently on their farm they have about 200 head of beef cattle. Throughout the years
through trial and error they have decided on using high tensile wire and a combination
of steel and fiber glass posts for their perimeter fencing. In order to divide their paddocks
they use step in posts and a single poly wire. They find this works well provided a good
fencer and trained cattle. Polywire also seems to be the easiest type of wire to use when
moving cattle as it can be rolled up easily. Haz Broy farms near Lanesboro, MN milks around
275 cows. They use rotational grazing for their heifers only, of which 80-130 are on
pasture. The number of heifers on pasture is determined by the pasture’s current productivity.
For example, more are pastured in spring when grasses are growing more vigorously. The remaining
heifers are kept in a dry lot. All heifers on pasture also receive supplemental grain.
Currently on their farm they are using polywire on reels and step in posts for their temporary
fencing, because it is easy to roll up and move. For permanent fencing they use high
tensile wire and fiberglass posts. Redalen Angus started out with one registered
Angus heifer as a 4-H project and has grown to 68 registered Angus cows. For temporary
fencing 1 high tensile wire is used along with fiber glass posts. For permanent fencing
four high tensile wires are used with fiber glass posts as well as some barbed wire in
places. Brandywine Farm has 150 purebred Gelbvieh
cattle and has been rotationally grazing for 20 years. There are 35 paddocks which are
5-10 acres a piece and they graze a total of 400 acres. Permanent pasture is used on
steeper sections of the land and crops are grown on the flatter ridge tops. Ponds are
fenced out so that cattle don’t get into them. For temporary interior fencing they
use 2-3 strands of electrified high tensile wire. Cropland is separated from pasture by
3 strands of the same wire. Permanent fencing around the entire property including cropland
uses 8 strands of non electrified high tensile wire. Wood posts are used for both permanent
and temporary fence. As you can see, each farm is a little bit different, but all have
developed systems that work well for them. Take a look at these additional resources
and visit the University of Minnesota Extension website for more information. Thanks for watching.

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