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Old 07/04/11, 10:16 AM
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Cheapest place to buy fencing supplies

Posts, wire, etc...where do you guys buy yours? Went to tractor supply yesterday and was blown away at the prices. I've got a little over 14 acres to put perimeter fence up for cattle...any suggestions?

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Old 07/04/11, 10:29 AM
 
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Do you want cheap or good?

We use primarily Gallagher components on our farm. I'd locate their website to find the dealer closest to you. I recommend Thistle Down Farms in Spencervill, IN as a Gallagher dealer.

Of course my suggestion probably means nothing to you, but since you didn't list your location we really can not help you with a local recommendation.

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Old 07/04/11, 10:29 AM
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It would help us to know where you are. If you go to the User CP (control panel), you can put in info about your location, and it will appear under the date of your posts.

If your state or county has a farmer's co-op, that will most likely be the most economical place for those purchases, but you're going to have to make a list of what you want and call around.

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The property is located in Flemming County Kentucky...I don't live there yet but plan to in the future. I have read some articles on using the NCRS Office to provide grant assistance on paying for this. Has any one used any similar programs to fund their fence building? I am new to this whole thing as I have lived in the suburbs my entire life and I am beginning the process of moving to the country.

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If you plan on using steel T-posts you can often find them on craigslist. As long as they are straight and are not deeply rusted used T-posts are nearly as good as new. Railroad ties make good corners and brace posts.

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Old 07/04/11, 11:35 AM
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TSC is ridiculously expensive.

Menards has the cheapest stuff around, even though it is a megamegastore nightmare.

You can also check craigslist.

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The property is located in Flemming County Kentucky...I don't live there yet but plan to in the future. I have read some articles on using the NCRS Office to provide grant assistance on paying for this. Has any one used any similar programs to fund their fence building? I am new to this whole thing as I have lived in the suburbs my entire life and I am beginning the process of moving to the country.
NCRS will help set up interior fencing for rotational grazing, but you must put up the perimeter fencing yourself.
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Depends on what type of fence you plan on installing.

Figure out what type fence, then you can shop for materials.

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I haven't checked my co-op here (and I need to, I am fixing to fence) but Home Depot is quite a bit cheaper than TSC on fencing materials.

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I buy at our Local CO OP but it has good quality.With the price of Steel all fencing is going to be high.

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The property is located in Flemming County Kentucky...I don't live there yet but plan to in the future. I have read some articles on using the NCRS Office to provide grant assistance on paying for this. Has any one used any similar programs to fund their fence building? I am new to this whole thing as I have lived in the suburbs my entire life and I am beginning the process of moving to the country.
First, let me say congratulations on your move and welcome to country life! I hope you love it as much as I always have!

As for used T-posts... absolutely! Check your local paper classified, Craigs list, or maybe there is a local radio station that does for sale/bartering/etc.

Also, don't overlook ad boards in local feed stores, grocery stores, etc. Never know what you'll find, if you check regularly.

Our farmer's co-op here is ridiculously expensive on most things. I grew up using a co-op in AZ for all my horse needs, and it was always the cheapest around. But, not so, here. I only go there as a last resort because they charge sales tax on feed and fertilizer. No other feed store around here does.
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Old 07/04/11, 12:40 PM
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Around here it would be Agri-Supply:

http://www.agrisupply.com/default.asp

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Check out Rural King as well.

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Old 07/04/11, 01:12 PM
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Tractor supplys prices are insane. But they do match local competitors prices. Lucky for me Lowes sells sheep and goat fencing for $240 a roll (instead of the $289 TSC charges). Well, I had this nice 10% off coupon so I took it to TCS with my pricing from lowes and they actually met the price AND gave me 10% off!! I paid only $216 a roll for that fence. I do spend the $$ and buy the corner posts that TSC sells because they are treated with the old kind of treating, the kind that has arsenic in it. that formulation works WAY better then the new stuff with copper only. I also used some old Tee-posts I had laying around here for years. I bought some Rust-stop primer and green paint and repainted them.

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This was 10 years ago, but I found the cheapest T posts at a metal supply place that does recycling and new sales.

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While tractor suppy is expensive, I have been able to go in with a list of the materials I need for larger projects and get them to give me a bulk pricing.

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TSC store policy is to give a 10% discount on volume buying. I can't recall the details but I do remember there was a chart on the inside cover of their yearly catalog that listed items covered and what the minimum was. Might be worth calling your local TSC and asking them. If they act as if they have no idea what you're talking about, tell them to look on either the inside of the front cover or on the first couple of pages, it will be there somewhere.

Pay attention to the thickness of T posts. TSC sells the cheaper, thinner, lightweight posts.

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Old 07/04/11, 05:52 PM
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I like the idea of using railroad ties for corner posts and brace posts. Do you drill the holes and backfill around these or can you use a driver to push the ties in?
I had planned on using t-posts for my line posts. But I also have a free supply of cedar that I could cut and use...just don't know which would be better.

Thanks for all the input!
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DO NOT N O T BUY GAUCHO BARBED WIRE. I bought it when I was a young man when I built my hog lot. Im rebuilding it, and useing some of the same wire. Its cheaper than US wire. ITS TERRIBLE STUFF. But it lasts forever. I heard a rumor that after WW 1, somebody enterpriseing took down alla the concertina wire on the Western Front that Argentina, our allay? gave us to use. He then sold it to farmers. Its still being used, AND over the years, its caught and held as many farmers, as it did during the war when soldiers delibertly ran into it. LOL. BUY U S A barbed wire. In later years youll thank yourselves, your kids will thank you, and whoever gets the place after your all done with it will likely thank you if theyve ever had any experience with the danged stuff.

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Old 07/04/11, 07:39 PM
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We buy new fencing from Rural King because the main store is close to us and does run sales fairly often. We have had very good luck buying wood and metal posts at auctions/farm sales. It seems though that auctions are poor places to buy gates, hog/cattle panels for a reasonable price. I keep a price list of new fencing items when I go to the sales and am very surprised by the people who buy used fencing materials at new prices (or more than!).
My favorite scores have been to offer to clean up a pile of fence material for free when I spot it. We have acquired many gates, panels and dozens of metal posts for just the work of cleaning a pile up.

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