Best Barbed Wire for Cattle

Bekaert Gaucho 15.5 GA Barbed Wire

Bekaert Gaucho 15.5 GA Barbed WireBekaert 15.5 GA Barbed Wire is our top pick. Built with a higher percentage of steel than traditional low carbon wire, making it 30% stronger, the wire has a 950 lb breaking strength.

It features Bekaert proprietary Benzial and UV coating that makes it very resistant to the environment and won’t weaken after time. So confident in the design, in fact, Bekaert back the wire with a guarantee of 40 years.

This 100% American made barded wire offers a 15.5-gauge thickness, 4 Pt. Style, and 5” spacing between barbs. Each roll measures 1,320’ as standard.

The wire uses a reverse twist design to avoid sagging and pre-stretching. Compared to other options, you’ll notice this wire stays tighter for longer.

Bekaert also have an 18-gauge wire that is cheaper and may also be suitable.

There’s good reason that the Bekaert 15.5 GA has established itself as the best barbed wire for cattle and is the go-to for ranchers.

Red Brand 15.5 GA Barbed Wire

Red Brand 15.5 GA Barbed WireAlso 100% made in the USA, Red Brand 15.5 GA Barbed Wire is a good alternative to Bekaert. It is the cheaper option but keep in mind that it does not handle environmental factors as well.

Still, the galvanized wire is able to resist weathering and wear and tear well enough thanks to its Class 3 coating.

The heavy twisted cable is able to handle cattle pressure, and the strong barbs resist bending.

A good option is you’re looking for a 1320 ft. 15.5-gauge, 2Pt wire.

Flagline 15.5 GA Barb Wire

Flagline 15.5 GA Barb WireThis 15.5 GA wire from Flagline is the most inexpensive option on the list. The heavy-duty galvanized wire features Class 3 zinc coating to protect itself against the environment.

Minimal stretching is required when installing, which is always a plus, and the barbs are extra sharp and resistant to cattle impact.

The wire measures a standard length of 1,320’ and features bar spacing of 3.5”, making it a good choice for high traffic areas or exclusion applications.

Important Factors to Consider

Easy to Handle

Handling barbed wire safely is more about taking the necessary precautions than the barbed wire itself.

Therefore, make sure you wear the right protection, including gloves, googles, and long sleeves, and the right tools such as heavy-duty wire cutters. Also, don’t try to go it alone – getting someone to help put it up is always a good idea.

Other things to keep in mind include not wearing loose clothing, picking up the wire firmly, being careful not to kink the wire when laying it out, standing on the opposite side of the post when tightening wire, and not rushing.

Gauge

It may seem counterintuitive if you’ve never bought barbed wire before, but the larger the number the smaller the wire. An 18-gaguge wire, for example, is thinner than a 12-gauge wire. Naturally, a low-gauged, or thicker, wire is better suited to heavy animals like cattle that will test the fence’s strength.

Length, Spacing & Height

Barbed wire is sold in 1320’ rolls as standard. Measure the area where you want to put up the wire and buy accordingly.

For cattle applications barbed wire is recommended to be spaced between 16-20 feet, although this can vary with the amount of pressure cattle put on the fence and land conditions. with barb spacing of 3-5 inches. The height be at least 48” tall to properly contain cattle.

Price

Everyone loves a bargain and to save as much money as possible. You probably don’t want to skimp too much on price when it comes to barbed wire though. It’s just too important when the alternative is damage to your land and crops that can have a significant economic impact.

Fence Coating

Fence coating is important because if offers protection against environmental factors that weaken the fence materials like humidity, rain, pollution, salt, sand and dust, and abrasive chemicals.

Bekaert, for example, use their proprietary Bezinal and UV coating that combines the strength of a zinc-aluminum blend coating with a UV-resistant coat of top paint. It’s been proven to outperform galvanized coatings by a factor of at least 4 to 1.