Functional Farm Gates

We can all be duly impressed with “Entrance Gates” but this is about the function of your corral, paddock or pasture gate. Who doesn’t love a gate that swings easily? How can we assure proper function of our gate for years to come?

First – Gate Placement
Some say to place your gate in line with fence. We pefer to put gates at corners, if possible. It is generally easier to corral or lead animals through at a corner. And there is the cost and installation savings to consider as you are already bracing at the corner. Read more

How much can it cost NOT to install “CAMEO” fencing?

How much can it cost NOT to install  “CAMEO” fencing?

After blogging about “How much does “CAMEO” fencing cost?” I got to thinking about ” How much can it cost not to install “CAMEO” fencing?”

First came to mind those that think a barb wire fence is the answer to all farm fencing. Well, I went looking for pictures of horses injured on barb wire. Thought I could add them to this blog.  But I’ll let you do your own web search. Do you agree? The pictures are so horrific as to turn ones stomach. My heart aches for these dear horses. Read more

How much will a “CAMEO” Fence Cost?

How much will a “CAMEO” Fence Cost?

Cost is usually a major factor when making a large purchase and fencing is no exception.  Followed up quickly with safety, looks and installation questions. To determine cost you need to know what you need. Today lets focus on the materials needed to install “CAMEO”fencing. Then based on these choices we can provide a ball park idea of cost.

First –  Posts                                                                                          

We offer two maintance free choices – vinyl or sunguard fiberglass posts.

Wood or metal t-posts –  you would purchase locally. It does not make $ sense for you to have us ship that weight. Read more

Need horse fencing? Where to start?

Questions to ask ………..

1. Will I install the fence myself?

2. What, if any experience do I have with fencing?

3. Will I have help or is this a one person project?

If the answer to #1 is NO. The goal now is to find a reliable and well recommended fence installer. Be sure to confirm references and visit previous installations if and when possible. Then give them our number and website. Read more

When is “CAMEO” Horse fencing the Right Choice?

Are you confused about the best fencing choice for your farm, horses and livestock? I hear you! There are a few old standbys – barbed wire, field fence and wood. All which come with their issues especially when fencing to contain horse. We have been selling horse fencing for 27 years. It seems every few years there is a new solution. Monofilament was one of those. When first introduced to monofilament we took some home and strung a fence run in the backyard of our general store. It was a country store with a barn out back for our horse Cameo, goat – Flopsey and sheep – Marie. All best buddies.

We liked what we saw. As we began to market monofilament the response of our customers confirmed our first impressions. If you are looking for: Read more

Safe Horse Fencing

Safe Horse Fencing

How do we know “CAMEO” fencing is safe? The short answer is our customers for over 27 years tell us it is so. It is always so gratifying to hear from a customer saying “If it had been any other fence what a horror story it would have been.” And “I am so happy with this fence.”

I have not had any injuries from the fencing.” Now we know nothing is perfect but here are some reasons “CAMEO” monofilament fencing is so Safe.

  1. The line is white and approx. a ¼ inch in diameter. That means your horse can see the line. Our horses are flight animals but even so if they can see the fence there is a better opportunity they will avoid it.
  2. The line is flexible. If a horse runs into the fence it will give but come back to the original point of tension.
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    This flexibility is also so important if a horse inadvertently gets a leg in the fence. They will pull free as the line gives and rolls off.

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Why Electric Fencing?

The simple answer for me – It teaches your horses and other livestock to respect your fence. Is not the best place for your horse is away from a fence? If you have an existing wood or barb wire fence you definitely want to prevent your horses from chewing, rubbing or getting caught in the fence. A simple line or two of polywire run off the posts will teach your animals to stay away. Our smaller diameter polywires are great for this application.

Time for new fencing, replacing an existing fence or starting fresh, an electrified system is a great option. Easy to install and setup, it will provide you many years of peace of mind, knowing your animals are safely in their paddocks or pastures. Read more

“They Are What They Eat”

“They Are What They Eat”

We are most likely all familiar with the saying “We Are What We Eat”. How I hate to think that as I enjoy a favorite dessert.  Oh well, I am not going to lecture you on your eating habits today but rather bring your attention to what you are feeding your horses and livestock.

Often I am surprised that many do not read the ingredients in the feeds they are feeding.  What would you think if you found hydrogenated poultry feathers or feather meal listed?  What is feather meal?

As defined on Wikipedia ……….

Feather meal is a byproduct of processing poultry; it is made from poultry feathers by partially hydrolyzing them under elevated heat and pressure, and then grinding and drying. Although total nitrogen levels are fairly high (up to 12%), the bioavailability of this nitrogen may be low. Feather meal is used in formulated animal feed and in organic fertilizer. Read more

Recommended installation of Corner & End Posts – The Foundation of Your Fence!!

Recommended installation of Corner & End Posts – The Foundation of Your Fence!!

As with any foundation construction if not done correctly the end results suffer.  There are generally 2 accepted corner and end brace systems

1.    Most familiar the “H” brace
2.    And the one we like – the “Knee “ brace

The “H” brace, as its name implies, is shaped like an H.  This method requires a diagonal high tensile wire to pull the brace secure. Especially at corners we saw horses get a leg through and cause injury to themselves on the high tensile diagonal brace wire.

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