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Perimeter Fencing Costs

Item

Woven Wire

Barbed Wire

High tensile
(non electric
) 8 strand

High tensile
(electric)
5 strand

Estimated useful life (yr.)
20
20
25
25
Average annual maintenance (% of initial cost)
8%
8%
5%
5%
Depreciation
$99
$81
$59
$37
Interest on investment
$79
$65
$59
$37
Maintenance
$159
$129
$74
$46
Total Cost per Year
$338
$274
$193
$121
Total Cost per Foot/Year
$0.26
$0.21
$0.15
$0.09

* Annual average ownership cost by fence type (Based on a 1,320 ft. fence)

Interior Fencing Costs

Electrified Polywire Fence
Item
Amount Needed
Cost Per Unit
Total Cost
Wood Post (4 inch diam)
2
$9.30
$19
Fiberglass posts (3/8" x 4')
33
$1.59
$52
Insulators
2
$0.80
$2
Post Clips
42
$0.25
$11
Polywire
1320 ft.
$0.026
$34
Energizer (priced over 4 yrs)
1/4
$200.00
$50.00
Cut-out switch
1
$9.00
$9
Grounding/Lightning Rod
4
$9.00
$36
Labor estimate
2 hrs
$13.60
$27
Total
   
$240
Total per foot
   
$0.18
Cost of adding 1 strand of polywire (wire, clips, insulators)
$35 or .03 per ft
*Based on a 1,320 ft. fence

References

Estimated Costs For Livestock Fencing, Iowa State University Cooperative Extension Service, 2005

 

 

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