Farm & Ranch

Over the years, S&J has developed a particular expertise in farm and ranch fence construction. Our farm and ranch crews have decades of experience completing rural projects and can build virtually any kind of farm or ranch fence.

Barbed Wire

S&J Fence Co. builds miles and miles of barbed wire fence each year. And, we have developed the experience and techniques that allow us to build a high-quality product at an extremely economical price.

S&J specializes in turnkey barbed wire projects, meaning we assist you in site prep/clearing, materials specifications and procurement, and project build. Because barbed wire fence is typically an economical approach to larger scale projects, S&J primarily utilizes large diameter treated posts for corner and brace posts, and galvanized or painted steel t-posts for line posts. In certain situations, smaller diameter treated posts will be intermittently mixed in with t-posts.

Regarding choice of wires, S&J recommends the use of 2-point “Gaucho” wire because of the high-tensile and long-lasting galvanization characteristics it exhibits. However, heavier gauge American 2-point can be used if preferred, at the exact same price.

Let S&J Fence Co. deliver your next barbed wire fence in a quality and economical manner. Call today for a free estimate.

Field Fence, Horse, Hog, Sheep, Goat and Cattle Wire

Net wire fences, (also known as field fences) while typically more costly than barbed wire to construct, have a valuable place in the ranching industry. Net wire fences are most appropriate where the ultimate solution in security and liability is required. Examples are exterior fences where livestock is kept in close proximity to well traveled public roadways, or sections where smaller livestock, such as sheep and goats, are pastured. Wire fences can also be used as a small acreage yard solution to contain children and dog, and create a fence solution that is handsome in addition to secure.

S&J Fence can construct any design of net wire fence in accordance with your needs and budget. We frequently complete small and large projects utilizing the following wire or field fence types:

  • Horse wire
  • Cattle Wire & “King Ranch” wire
  • Hog Wire
  • Sheep and Goat Wire

Barbed wire strands can be added to any wire fence to complete a secure, long lasting perimeter.
As with barbed wire fences, form, function and budget must all be weighed when considering the design of a wire fence. T-posts, either painted or galvanized, can be used as line posts on a wire fence according to durability and budget requirements. And cedar or treated pine line posts can be added intermittently to give the fence a more attractive and secure appearance.

Game Proof / High Fence

S&J Fence Co. has the expertise and experience to complete any size of game-proof fence (otherwise known as high-fence or deer-proof fence) project in South Texas and surrounding areas, including large turnkey projects spanning many miles. And, we can handle all phases of your project, from design, to site prep, to construction, including water gaps, gate settings and automated gate openers.

Game-Proof Fence:
S&J Fence Co. will tailor materials to suit a client’s preferences, but typically we employ all welded galvanized steel bracing. Over the years we have found that utilizing steel brace materials for fences of this height yield the greatest efficiencies, and galvanized steel, in particular, will stand up to the harsh Texas climate best in the long run. Other forms of steel can be used in accordance with a client’s preference and budget, but typically 3″-4″ O.D. galvanized corner and brace posts are set in 60″ concrete footings in a 13″ augured hole. The bracing is then completed by welding the cross-brace members on-site. Galvanized or painted steel t-posts are then set with 2.5″ O.D. galvanized steel line posts, in concrete footings, at certain pre-specified intervals in order to give the fence added stability.

The typical wire used in a game-proof fence is class 3 galvanized 2096-6-12.5 (20 horizontal wires, 96″ tall, 6″ spacing between vertical stays, 12 1/2 gauge) although other wires can be substituted in accordance with the property owner’s goals and budget. A strand of 2-point barbed wire stretched just above the fence will further aid in keeping animals from attempting to leap over it.

Unlike other game-proof fence contractors, S&J typically goes no further than three to four rolls of wire (approximately 980-1310 feet) without some form of bracing on the fence line, whether it be a welded steel pull post, or full brace assembly. Other contractors will stretch wire as far as they can in order to reduce labor costs, typically resulting in either 1) wire that sags over time because it was too heavy to adequately tension, or, 2) bracing which leans over time because it is supporting too much weight.

Gate Settings:
S&J Fence Co. utilizes pre-fabricated game proof gates, typically hung from double bracing in order to adequately support their weight over time. Gates are available in a range of sizes, and double gated openings up to 40+ feet wide can be constructed in order to allow adequate room for the movement of large implements in and out of game-proof fenced pastures.

Automated gate openers can be installed to add convenience and prestige to main entrances, or frequently used gated passages. Many makes and models of openers are available in accordance with a rancher’s goals and budget, and we buy from the wholesalers in order to give our client’s the best price possible. S&J Fence Co. has the experience to fully install openers, including construction of concrete pads, installation of solar power accessories, safety photo eyes, and keypads.

Water Gaps:
Water gaps can be addressed in a number of ways according to their size and severity. For large gaps where water may rush violently through the fence, swinging panels can be constructed that will give with the flow. For smaller gaps, 2″-3″ O.D. steel posts are installed in concrete footings the width of the gap, and heavy gauge utility panels are affixed to them to produce a fence that will stand up better to the flow of water. Upstream “catches” can also be constructed in this manner which will effectively stop the flow of debris onto the fence, greatly lessening the chances of damage to the perimeter. Once the water recedes, the catch can be easily be cleaned, and repaired, if necessary, by replacing the utility panels.

Because we have the know-how, equipment, and personnel to complete game-proof fence projects in an efficient manner, S&J believes that we can deliver the highest quality product to you, our client, at the best value for your dollar. Please contact S&J Fence Co. to provide a proposal for your game-proof fence project.

Corral Fence

Wooden corral fences create attractive fence product while also maintaining the security of your property. Although less economical than wire fences, corral fences can be the perfect addition to small acreage plots and/or homesteads, giving them a highly desirable rustic finish, while providing a fence that is secure enough to hold large livestock such as horse and cattle.

S&J can design any corral fence you desire to accomplish your goals. 3-rail fences allow for an economical, yet secure, corral fence, while 4 and 5-rail fences are slightly more costly, but also more secure. Top rails and wire fence material can also be added to a corral fence to give it a more finished look and add to the durability and security of the fence.