Let’s Talk! Extension Fence Maintenance with Todd Hagenbugh

Hi, I’m Todd Hagenbugh, an agriculture extension agent for CSU Extension on the western slope of Colorado. If you’re a landowner in Colorado, you know how important it is to maintain a good fence for your livestock and for your neighbors sake as well. So in this episode of Let’s Talk! Extension, we’re going to talk about fence matainence. [Music] [Music] Because you’re an educated landowner, you already know what kind of fence you have. You might have high tensile, wildlife friendly fencing, you might have traditional barbed wire, which is what most of our fences are, or you might have electric fence. After you’ve determined what kind of fence you have, come into your local feed store, or farm and ranch supply store, and figure out what tools you need to make the job work best for you. So, in your local feed supply store, or ranch supply store, you’re going to find all kinds of items. Some of them, you don’t even know what they are. We’ve got things to tighten high tensile fences, the tools to go along with it, end caps, post caps, things for wooden posts, things for steel posts,. Again, it’s so important to figure out what posts you have, so you know what you’re looking for when you come in here. So sometimes, some of the larger items we’re looking at for fence fixing aren’t in that row with all the smaller items at your local ranch store. So I need to find some staples, some posts, some wire, let’s go figure out wher that is. So there are a lot of choices of different fencing materials inside the store, but now that we have found the staples and wire, we still got more. We’ve got some small buckets and big buckets, We’ve got one and three quarter inch staples We’ve got two inch staples, I think because I’m just fixing fence, I’m going to get two inch barb staples Those barb staples tend to stay in a wooden post a little more. But if you’re going for a big project, get a big bucket, because the tend to be cheaper that way. It looks like we can buy some number nine wire here as well. Now number nine wire is a great wire to use if you’re tying together H-braces, and corner posts. So we might pick up a roll of that too. There are a lot of different post choices you can make too. Just in wooden posts, you’ve got blunt ended posts, sharp posts, four to eight inch, six foot tall, eight foot tall, and all the like. We’re ready to go fix fence! Let’s make sure we’ve got everything we need. We’ve got our fence stretchers, those will sure come in handy if we come across some breaks or we need to tighten our wire. We have a chainsaw, our safety glasses in there, our earmuffs, we’ve got fuel in case we need to take any trees that have fallen down across our fences, we can take those off. We’ve got barb wire, in case we’ve got any long stretches of fence we need to repair, We have our staples that we purchased at the feed store, barbed, two inch. If we’re going to be just doing staples, it’s sometimes handy to have along a hammer just because it’s easier to drive the staples. But probably the most important tool is this pair of pliers. That cuts the wire, can pull out staples, and can also drive staples, We’ve got splice wire or smooth barbless wire, That can be used to make splices, and the number one thing for safety and protection are these gloves, because this stuff is difficult to work with and we want to make sure our hands don’t get torn up by the end of the day. [Music.] [Music.]

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