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Agricultural & Farm Fencing - Our Top Tips

Secure agricultural fencing and gateways are a vital part of your farm's infrastructure. They serve as a boundary to protect your livestock and crops. We appreciate that farmers want a long-term, cost-effective solution to reduce fence post-failure, so read on to understand why fence and gate posts fail and see what we can do to help.

What's The Average Cost Of Agricultural Fence Failure?

Nobody wants to deal with a fence failure, especially farmers. Agricultural fencing underpins the security of your farm and depending on the type of fencing, you could be looking at some hefty costs. These costs come down to the kind of fence, the ground it covers and the accessibility for machinery. Even if you decide to replace the fence yourself, it's essential to consider your time and the running costs of any machinery you use.
The cost of a failing agricultural/farm fence

To give you a rundown of the costs we've spoken to several agricultural fencing contractors. We asked for pricing of simple stock fencing with wire mesh and a post spacing of three meters using 3-4" rounds. The fencing we received prices for is situated on flat ground with easy access for machinery. The average cost per metre was between £7-10, More complex fencing, with limited access over rough ground, will only be more expensive. Below we take a look at why fence posts fail and assess the best alternatives to give the greatest long-term cost-benefits.

How Much Could I Save With Postsaver Pro-Sleeves?

Type of Fencing:  Stock fencing run of 3-4" rounds spaced at 3 metres
Length:  1000 Metres
Cost of Fence:  £10,000
Average Fence Replacement:  Once in 20-years
Fence Replacement Cost:  £10,000 @ £10 per metre
Additional Cost of Pro-Sleeves: £386
Total Potential Savings
 With Postsaver's 20-Year Guarantee: 
£9,614
Postsaver Pro-Sleeves are proven to protect against ground rot and provide a great cost-saving opportunity for your agricultural fencing. Let's look at a standard stock fence again with 3-4" round posts spaced at three meters to see how much you could save. 

A 1000m run equates to 333 posts, spaced at 3 metres. A typical fence might need to be replaced once in 20-years. 

The additional cost of applying sleeves to the 1000m run of fencing would be £386, and as a percentage increase for your total fencing cost that is just 3.86%. This is based on an installation cost of £10 per meter, equating to a £10,000 installation cost. 

Postsaver Pro-Sleeves are guaranteed for 20-years, which compared to a fence without protection could save you up to £9614.

Postsaver is a genuinely low-cost addition to your agricultural fencing and gate posts and is guaranteed to increase the lifespan. 
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Why Is My Agricultural Fencing Failing?

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Ground line decay is the leading reason for agricultural fence and gate post-failure. Did you know that your posts typically rot in the upper 8-inches of the soil? At the ground line section, the earth is well oxygenated with a higher moisture content and warmer temperatures, making it a breeding ground for nutrients, fungi and decaying organisms. 

 One of the leading catalysts for decay is the water content of your post. Once above 25%, decay sets in, and it's only a matter of time before that post becomes a costly replacement. 

The surface of the timber at the ground line section needs a complete seal to prevent the loss of preservatives and to keep out the causes of decay. Take a look at how Postsaver Pro-Sleeves could form and air and watertight seal at the ground line section of your posts. 

Why Not Just Use Creosote?

Creosote has been a long-standing method of protection for preserving wood. Although effective, it is a challenging product to handle and contains several carcinogenic properties. 

Many farmers have resorted back to Creosote, but it may soon become a thing of the past. Creosote is now classed as a category 1B carcinogen by the European Chemicals Agency (EHCA). Bans in European nations are causing the U.K. to follow suit, and our research indicates that Creosote could soon be unavailable for both commercial and domestic use in the U.K. 

Fortunately, Creosote is not the only available option for prolonging the life of your fencing. Other options, such as steel, are becoming increasingly common, but their high price can make a fencing job very expensive. Steel posts are also still susceptible to corrosion at the ground line section and will fail over time. 

If you're looking for the most affordable option in the long run, why not try Postsaver Pro-Sleeves. They are 100% effective in preventing ground line decay and are a low-cost addition to your fencing. They are also guaranteed for 20-years. 

When Is The Ideal Time To Replace My Agricultural Fencing?

We recommend replacing your agricultural fencing in the spring or early autumn. As you know the spring and autumn provide softer ground conditions, meaning that post driving is more straightforward. Whereas the winter makes work challenging, and machinery access may be difficult with saturated ground. 

We know that autumn is also a great time for farmers as the rush of the summer has passed, and many people will be turning to maintenance and improvements around their farm. If you're going to carry out the work yourself, this is arguably the best time of the year. You can easily fit Postsaver Pro-Sleeves yourself as we supply everything you need for fast on-site application. Your posts will be ready to install in minutes. 
Do Agricultural Fencing Contractors Use Pro-Sleeves?
Using an agricultural fencing contractor is a great way to save time and hassle, especially if you run a busy operation. Installing long runs of fencing requires a great deal of machinery and time which we appreciate not all farmers have access to these. A great fencing contractor will leave you with a quality job no matter what the ground conditions. 

We understand that extending the life of your fence is an essential concern for many. We recommend asking your contractor to install posts protected with Postsaver Pro-Sleeves for added protection against ground line decay. Ask your contractor for a Postsaver guarantee certificate and check out our guarantee for more information. We can supply your contractor with everything they need to apply Postsaver Pro-Sleeves with immediate supply. 

Pro Tips From Our Experts

Homeowners Fencing Guide - Pro-Tips - Use Fencing Spade
Use The Correct Equipment
Using the proper tools ensures a quality job. Tools such as a fencing spade or auger make light work of digging holes.
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Protect Against Rot
Ground-line decay is the leading cause of fence failure, fortunately, with Postsaver Pro-Sleeves it is entirely preventable.
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Do It Once, Do It Right
Remember, cheap fences don't last! Spending a little extra is more cost-effective in the long run.

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Why Are Postsaver Pro-Sleeves Worth Considering?

You could protect your investment in a new fence with a simple, low-cost solution. From just £1.22 a sleeve, you can guard your fence against premature post-failure.
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How Does The Postsaver Pro-Sleeve Work?

To apply our product, simply heat with a blow torch or hot air gun to shrink the sleeve to the surface of the wood. Alternatively, you can buy pre-sleeved posts or ask a fencing contractor to use Pro-Sleeves on your new wooden posts.

The Pro-Sleeve creates a dual-layer total barrier that seals your posts against all causes of decay while simultaneously locking in wood preservatives. It features a U.V. stabilised outer film and an inner bituminous liner.
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If you're looking to install posts yourself then our Pro-set rigid post fixing foam is a great alternative to post concrete. At 97% lighter than concrete, the tough resin foam sets in just 90 minutes.
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**Based on not having to replace your fence in 10 years time due to post failure.


Postsaver uses long term independent test data on the effectiveness of barrier sleeves to reach all the conclusions given on this website (test data available on request). Based on this data, Postsaver believes longer life, maintenance of strength over time, improved safety and reliability, extended inspection periods and reduced maintenance requirements are reasonable claims. This is subject to Postsaver products being correctly applied as per our instructions and used on correctly preservative treated (for long term in-ground use - use class 4 or higher) wooden fence posts that are free of decay at the time of sleeve application. The claims made, real or implied are not warranties. It is the responsibility of the user to evaluate and satisfy themselves that the performance of the product meets their specific safety, reliability, extended inspection, repair and any other performance or cost-benefit criteria before using Postsaver sleeves
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