Wire Stock Fencing

For a strong stock-proof fence, where function is everything and form (looks) has little importance, you can’t beat a high tensile stock netting fence, with round stakes, two strands of barbed wire on the top, and a strand of smooth high tensile wire at the bottom. This wire stock fencing has now become the UK farmer’s most common stock fence.

One great advantage of a wire stock fence overa post and rail stock fence, is the spacing of the posts can be much greater, which SIGNIFICANTLY reduces the price.

Stock Netting Measurements Explained

Historically the British Standard 4102/4 for stock fencing was based on the:-

Wire diameters
Verticals spacings
Number of line wires.


C= 3.15mm top & bottom line wires, 2.5mm other line wires & verticals.
8= number of line wires
80= 800mm overall height {0.8M}
15= 150mm spacing between verticals

C8-80-15 was the “pig fencing” standard, however livestock farmers adopted it as the “standard” fencing for cattle with 1 or 2 lines of barbed wire on top for extra height. The 800mm overall height was fine for pigs and sheep and the 150mm vertical spacing meant piglets & lambs couldnt get through.

Other heights, vertical spacings {300mm for cattle} and wire diameters were made to suit different types of livestock. L = light weight, B = heavy weight C = medium weight. The L was only 2.5mm verticals & horizontals for temporary or short term fencing situations.

The L6-90-30 lower height fencing was aimed at the uplands livestock farmer as a “hedge bottom” or “bank top” fencing.

The wire industry is geared up to churn out huge volumes of C8-80-15 as their standard product. If a customer/dealer wants other less popular styles, often there is a delay in delivery because they only make limited number runs as and when there is a demand. Therefore the price of C8-80-15 is lower based on volume production.


8-80-20 or 8-80-30 is the way to go unless you want to spend forever freeing stuck heads and moaning about lost tags.


Mild Steel or High Tensile Stock Netting?

Mild steel, the cheaper stock netting, has largely been replaced by the more popular high tensile stock netting. Mild steel is still useful for short runs or fences with lots of turns.

Where your fencing is supported by background hedges, mild steel fencing can make a cost effective barrier that is easy to install.

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