A wire mesh fence, frequently referred to as a field fence, is hailed as the premier choice for protecting farms and ranches. It is deliberately designed to contain animals such as horses and cattle within a designated area.

In installing a field fence, you can expect to spend between $1 to $8 per linear foot. The factors that can affect the cost include the type of wire that you choose, the height of the fence, and the fence post.

There are some considerations that come with selecting the type of field fence for your property. Some of these include the wire gauge, knot style, spacing, height, the length of the fence, and the purposes that you want it to serve.

In having your field fence installed, the amount of money that you spend is determined by the number of feet required. As a ballpark cost, you can expect to spend between $1 to $8 per linear foot.

For reference, below are the average costs of installing a field fence at a given length:

Field Fence LengthAverage Cost (including installation)
25 linear feet of field fence$25 to $200
50 linear feet of field fence$50 to $400
75 linear feet of field fence$75 to $600
100 linear feet of field fence$100 to $800
150 linear feet of field fence$150 to $1,200
200 linear feet of field fence$200 to $1,600
300 linear feet of field fence$300 to $2,400
400 linear feet of field fence$400 to $3,200

The final cost can vary based on the type of the wire that you choose, and the height of the fence. Usually, most fences stand 26 to 48 inches tall. However, some fences can be modified to be taller especially for keeping horses.

Cost to Install a Field Fence

Cost to Install a Field Fence per Acre

If you are installing a field fence on a large scale, you may be billed per acre instead of per foot. For this, you can expect to spend somewhere between the range of $836 to $6,688 per acre, including the labor cost for the hired contractor.

For reference, below are the average costs of installing a field fence per acre, including labor costs:

Field Fence per AcreAverage Cost
(including installation and labor costs)
1 Acre$836 to $6,688
2 Acre$1,672 to $13,376
3 Acre$2,508 to $20,064
4 Acre$3,344 to $26,752
5 Acre$4,180 to $33,440