Even though farmers and ranchers frequently use it for cattle, a cattle panel is an equally effective fencing option for a number of other farm animals such as dogs, sheep, horses and pigs. A cattle panel is typically about 16 feet long and 34 inches in height and is made by interconnecting vertical and horizontal galvanized steel rods. Setting up a cattle panel fence requires a small amount of patience in view of the fact that the weight of each cattle panel is more than 30 pounds and can be fairly heavy. Try and have an assistant at hand when you are ready to position the cattle panel in order to start the installation process.
First of all, clear the fence line. Put on your work gloves and get rid of stones, rocks or any excess vegetation along the proposed fence area. Clip the grass along the path of the fence down to approximately 3 inches or less. Mark the location where the corner posts will be installed with the help of a spray paint can, keeping them at a distance of 16 feet from each other so that you do not have to cut the cattle panel in half. For instance, instead of having your fence 50 feet by 50 feet, make it 48 feet by 48 feet, enabling you to make use of three panels per side.
Next, install steel T posts into each of the corner post locations using an auger or a handheld post driver. Insert them to a depth of 12 to 18 inches. Using a string make a line between the corner posts in order to define the perimeter of your cattle panel fence. Pull the string tight and wrap it around each corner fence post no less than 3 times in order to fasten it and to hold it into place.
Drive the T posts along the outer edge of the marking string to serve as line posts for your cattle panel fence. Situate the T posts at distances of 8 feet along each side of the fence. Position yourself at one end of the first cattle panel and ask your assistant to support the other end. Move the cattle panel to the first corner post and secure one end of the panel to the inside edge of the corner post using fencing wire. Attach the center of the cattle panel and other end of the posts and repeat the process for the remaining cattle panels.
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