Keep feral hogs out of your property with the right barriers.
Feral hogs menace native wildlife, damage habitats, and inhabit 79% of Texas acreage. Exclusion fencing for hogs is essential; a high deer fence alone is not enough to protect against these vermin that cause approximately $52 million in damages to Texas agriculture annually.
Effective fencing is one method of eliminating pig damage and reducing economic impact on valuable agricultural land or where other control techniques are not possible.
Any sufficiently motivated hog is capable of breaching an ordinary fence. Feral hogs are big, bulky animals, and fences must be equally robust to exclude them. For exclusion fences for hogs to be successful, they need to be in place before the hogs become habituated to a route to food or water.
Feral hogs go through fences. They don’t normally go over or under fences and won’t jump unless forced. This is why hogs only need a barrier three feet high, although a high deer fence is an effective deterrent that can fulfill more than one function.
While fencing can seem expensive at first with clearing fence lines, materials, and labor costs, these outlays will balance out over the lifetime of the fence. It is especially beneficial to reduce the impact of feral hogs on small, high-yield areas of natural or agricultural resources.
Exclusion Fencing for Hogs
There are several fence types that are effective against feral hog populations. These include electric fencing, wire netting, and barbed-wire fencing.
One Australian study found electric and hinge-joint fencing to be most effective for hog control. But the best hog-proof fences around are a combination of wire mesh supported on steel posts with electrified outrigger wire and held close to the ground by a plain or barbed wire line.
Barbed wire at the bottom and four inches from the ground stops hogs from lifting the netting. A plain belly wire and a top wire help maintain fence tension. However, barbed wire on top of an exclusion fence for hogs is not recommended – pigs don’t usually jump, and other wildlife could get caught up on the wire.
It’s important to note that clearing the fence line is vital. Animals run into overgrown fences and trees growing unchecked along the fence can destroy the netting, causing breaches.
Why Electric Fencing
Using an electric fence has been shown to considerably reduce the number of breaches by feral hogs. Hogs are smart and electric fencing works by “educating” them to connect touching the fence with getting a disagreeable shock. It’s the same principle as barbed wire but a much more potent deterrent.
Educated hogs develop greater respect for electric fencing than for any other type of fence. And electric fences last longer because they aren’t subject to physical pressure from the animals.
Although pigs prefer to pass through fences, they may push under if there is a sufficient gap between the electric wire and the ground. Feral hogs are known to get through ordinary wire fences between the wires at snout level. Attaching electrified wires and outrigger wires to stakes as tripwires at snout level prevents this.
A combination of netting and electricity is one way you can control these vermin and minimize any maintenance due to hog damage. Electrifying your exclusion fencing for hogs is the cost-effective way to exclude feral pigs from your property.
The combination of wire mesh netting and electric fencing can be a solid solution for hog exclusion, but there are other solutions we’ve created for clients to fit their unique needs and set of property characteristics. You may even have additional requirements of your fence where we can combine several of our solutions to meet all your fence objectives. To know for sure, contact our ranch fence experts at Tejas Ranch & Game Fence for us to customize a tailor-made solution for your property. We know exclusion fencing for hogs!