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Wood vs. Wire: Which Style Is Better for Ranch Fencing?

There are plenty of reasons to look for a fence for your farm, some of those include security around your property as well as the safety of your animals. Of course, keeping cattle and horses safe and secure doesn’t come without its challenges. It is important to select the right style of farm fence while still finding one within your budget. Here at Allied Fence & Security in Austin, we carry the two most popular styles of fencing for animals.


Many people love the look of a traditional post-and-rail ranch fence. Aside from the aesthetic appeal, it offers a variety of other advantages:

  • 10-to-50-year lifespan, depending on the type of wood
  • Certain types of wood are more affordable than others
  • Wood can easily be cut to accommodate uneven terrain
  • Easy for animals to see the boundary provided by the fence
Disadvantages include:
  • Requires frequent maintenance and upkeep
  • Horses often chew or crib on the rails causing the wood to splinter
  • Hardwood varieties with longer lifespans can be quite expensive


Whether you are considering smooth wire, electrical wire or a V-mesh “no-climb” fence, this material is inexpensive to install. Other benefits include:
  • Woven wire makes it more difficult for pigs, sheep and goats to escape
  • Requires very little maintenance
  • Lifespan up to 50 years depending on type of wire used
Potential drawbacks include:
  • Harder for animals to see than wood fencing
  • Not as attractive as other styles
  • Certain areas prohibit wire fencing

We Install Both Wood & Wire Fencing in Round Rock & San Marcos

Whether you prefer the classic look of wood or the minimal maintenance of wire, look for animal-friendly materials that meet ASTM standards to keep your livestock or pets safe. For more information on a farm, ranch or cattle fence in Round Rock, San Marcos or Austin, call 512-255-5416 to speak with an expert at Allied Fence & Security. We offer a two-year warranty on all of our workmanship.