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Woven wire goat fence for pigs?

 
Devin Smith
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Hi all, I'm getting some pigs soon and I was wondering if some woven wire goat fence would hold them in.

I've found a lot of info about using it in combination with hot wire, but not really on using it alone. I am hoping to avoid hot wire as I recently bought a charger and battery for my goats and I really don't want to have expensive energy consuming equipment all over the place. I have a bunch of this 12.5 guage woven wire and t-posts laying around already from a previous project.

This stuff withstood big goats climbing, headbutting, etc no problem so I'm thinking it might work with pigs? I should also mention that I am only allowing the pigs to live for 6-8 months before slaughter, so they won't have a chance to get too big. I don't want to keep any overwinter for breeders at all.

Does anyone have any direct experience using this kind of fencing for pigs without hot wire? If this won't work without hot wire, would hog panels do the trick?
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Electric fence energizers really do not consume a lot of power because they are not constantly applying voltage to the line. You will be better off with a fence/hot wire combination to keep your pigs from putting to much pressure on the fence. With bare skin, they tend to respect electric fences a bit more then woven wire.

Being a sheep farmer I have a lot of woven wire fence up, but at one time ran beef cattle in with my sheep WITHOUT an offset hot wire. After a few times of the cattle getting out and ruining large sections o fence I had a decision to make: $2000 in beef or $37,000 in fencing. It was a pretty easy decision to make. We don't have beef on this farm, but I easily could if I ran an offset wire.
 
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