A field fence is the most ideal wire fence for purposes of keeping farms and ranches more secure and protected. Also known as a woven wire fence, this type is the best option for keeping animals contained in an area, such as horses and cattle.

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.

Cost to Install a Field Fence

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 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.

Cost to Install a Field Fence per Acre

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

The final cost for installing a field wire fence per acre may include factors such as the type of the material, the height, and the type of terrain where you will install the fence.

Field Fence Installation Cost Calculator

In calculating the total cost of your fencing project, you have to consider factors such as the type of material, the height of the fence, the labor rate, the accessibility of your property, and added features like gates and decorative elements.

On average, you can expect to pay for the job in the range of $600 to $635, excluding the materials. Typically, property owners spend from $550 to $750 to install a horse fence, for example. The final cost depends on the type and size.

To help you estimate the total cost of your field fence installation, below are some of the cost factors that you can include in calculating:

Project Size by Foot or Acre

  • If you will hire a professional to install your fence, you can expect to spend an additional $2 to $6 per linear foot on top of the cost of the materials.
  • For instance, if you need to install over a square acre that requires 830 feet of fencing, you can expect to spend an additional $1,660 to $4,980 for the labor costs.
  • Normally, the exact costs will depend on your local labor rates, the height of your desired fence, and the number of rails that you want to install.
  • Other cost considerations include the condition of your soil where the fence will be installed. If your terrain is uneven, it may incur additional time, equipment, and cost to make it even and conducive for fencing.

Gates

  • Some property owners find it convenient to add one or more gates to their fenced spaces to allow more entry/exit points. This, of course, comes at an additional cost.
  • To install a livestock gate, you can expect to spend an additional cost between $150 to $400.
  • Typically, these gates are made of tubular, welded steel that is less likely to warp, rot, or get easily damaged like wood.
  • The cost of adding a gate can vary depending on its length and height (usually from 6 to 16 feet), its size, style, and other considerable factors.

Types of Field Fences and Their Characteristics

Type of Field FenceCharacteristics
Hinge Joint Fence Also referred to as farm fencing, this type has four wrap hinge joints that intertwine the wires.

Has various height options to help keep different animals.

Various horizontal wire spacing to allow various growth periods and tensile strength.

Is best for safekeeping rabbits, cats, chickens, sheep, deers, and horses.
Fixed Knot Fence This type combines the hinge joint with high tensile steel wire, which has stronger fabrics and can be installed faster with lesser use of fence posts.

Comes in various height variations.

Is ideal for safekeeping cattle, camels, horses, and deers.
Chicken Wire FenceChicken wire adopts the characteristics of galvanized wire, stainless steel wire, and PVC coated wire. The result allows for an impressive anti-corrosion and durable fence wire.

With steel wires that are woven into hexagon meshes, the chicken wire fence is a great choice for lightweight fencing.

This type is ideal for keeping chicken, goose, rabbit, and garden purposes.
Steel Wire Hex Deer FenceAlso called metal hex deer fencing, this type is metal coated with black PVC, allowing it to be the best deer fencing.

It can offer less visible, more durable, and stronger deer fencing.

This is best for property owners who keep deers who frequently damage fences from chewing, or for those who want to have better fencing.

Installing a Field Fence: Hiring a Contractor vs DIY

Installing a field fence can be quite a labor-intensive process. The tasks can include but are not limited to, planning, measuring, procurement of materials, and the installation itself.

Some people who have experience with tools may find this task doable; however, there might be necessary equipment and expertise that you may not find in your shed.

Although hiring a professional can significantly increase your total expense, this price can come worthwhile since a professional will surely have the skills and expertise to properly install your field fence.

Moreover, doing so would assure you that the structure is professionally done, saving you the risk of paying more for the repair and rework or if it costs you unwanted accidents with your important livestock and cattle.

Installing a Field Fence
Ben McInerney
Author: Ben McInerney - is a qualified arborist with 15 plus years of industry experience in Arboriculture. He ran a successful tree service before turning to writing and publishing. Ben is dedicated to providing users with the most accurate up-to-date information on everything trees.