A field fence can be ideal for those who handle farms and ranches and want them to become more protected and safe. This type of fence is the most appropriate for keeping animals contained in a given space, such as cattle and horses.

Most of the time, field fencing projects are billed per foot. As an average cost, you can expect to spend between the range of $1 to $8 per foot, including its installation.

In considering the type of field fence that you want to install on your property, there are several factors that you need to consider. Depending on your needs, factors can include height, wire gauge, knot style, spacing, length, and the knot.

Field Fencing Cost

To help you calculate the total cost of your field fence project, you have to take into account the type of material you want for your fence, the height of the fence, the labor rates in your locale, the terrain on your property, and other features.

As an average cost, you can expect to spend between the range of $600 to $635 to pay for the job, which excludes the materials.

As a guide to help you have an estimate of the total cost of your field fence, below are a few of the cost factors:

Additional Features (Gates, etc.)

  • Typically, some property owners find it more convenient, or even necessary, to add one or more gates to their fences to have more entrances and exit points.
  • Adding a gate to your fence can incur additional costs as this may not be normally part of the total expense.
  • In installing a livestock gate, you can expect to be charged around $150 to $400.
  • Usually, gates need to be strong and durable enough to not easily rot, warp, or get damaged like wood materials. Gates are usually made of tubular, welded steel, which explains their cost.
  • The final cost of adding a gate to your field fence can depend on its length and height, which usually stands from 6 to 16 feet. Other factors can also include its style, and thickness.

Labor Cost by Project Size (By foot or by acre)

  • If you will hire a professional or a contractor to install your fence, you can prepare to spend an additional $2 to $6 per linear foot apart from the cost of the materials.
  • The exact cost of your labor costs will depend on your local labor rates. This cost can also depend on your fence’s height, the number of rails that you want to install, and the specifics of your project.
  • For example, if you want to install a field fence across a square acre that requires 830 feet of fencing, you can prepare to spend an additional $1,660 to $4,980 for the labor expenses.
  • Another factor that can affect the cost is the condition of the terrain where the fence will be installed. Normally, if your terrain is uneven, you may have to pay for the cost of resloping your ground.

Installing a field fence per foot

Usually, in having a field fence installed, you can be billed by foot. As an average cost, you can expect to pay between $1 to $8 per linear foot.

For reference, below are the average costs of installing a field fence, depending on the length of your desired fence:

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
Woven Wire Fence Labor Cost

Field fence installation cost per acre

In installing a field fence over a large area, you can be billed per acre instead of the usual per foot billing.

With this kind of estimate, you can expect to pay between the range of $836 to $6,688 per acre, including the labor costs.

For your reference, below are the average cost ranges of having a field fence installed per labor. The average estimates below already include the 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
6 Acre$5,016 to $40,128
7 Acre$5,852 to $46,816
8 Acre$6,688 to $53,504

Material cost to install a field fence

With field fences, you can select from a number of options for the material. Depending on your needs, the type of material can help you build a functional fence while saving costs.

Below are the average costs for the type of material that you want for your field fence:

Type of materialCost per foot (excluding fence post)
Wood Post and Board $3 to $9
Vinyl (PVC, Nylon, or Polyethylene)$1.50 to $3
Woven Wire$1.50 to $5.90
Bull$3 to $7
Hog $3 to $10
Chicken$2 to $4.50
Welded$4 to $10

Fence post cost by material

In installing a new fence, regardless of its type, the cost for the posts is usually part of the entire cost of the fence project. However, this might not be the case, especially when you only need to replace or extend your existing fence.

For field fences to be functional and secure, they have to be affixed to fence posts that are securely installed on the ground. Your fence post can depend on the type of field fence that you want to install.

As an average cost, you can expect to spend somewhere between $20 to $60, including its installation. This estimated cost can depend on the material and the quality that you want.

Wooden Fence Posts

Sometimes, wood posts can come with decorative tops and are preferred to be used in combination with wooden frames and mesh wires. This type also comes in different thicknesses and is usually applied best in livestock fencing.

The average cost for a wood post to be installed falls between $20 to $50 per post.

Wood posts are popular for their aesthetic appeal since they appear better compared to metal posts. They are also more versatile and more configurable compared to its counterpart.

One of the disadvantages of wood fence posts is that they are more prone to natural rotting, which may require you to perform regular maintenance or periodic replacement for them.

Metal Fence Posts

In choosing metal fence posts, you can select from thinner rods to more robust and solid pieces. Usually, thin rods are used for lightweight fencing, and the more solid types are used for more robust and heavy-duty fences.

The average cost to install a metal fence post can cost between $25 to $60 per post, including its installation.

To determine the type of metal post you would need for your field fence, you have to know how strong you need your fence to be. Some of the factors can include the kind of animal that you keep and the purpose that you need it to serve.

Normally, metal posts are more durable compared to their counterparts. This type also requires less maintenance. However, one of the drawbacks is that they can be less versatile and are not that visually appealing.

Hiring a contractor vs. DIY

The process and tasks involved in installing a field fence can be quite labor-intensive. These tasks include:

  • Planning
  • Measuring the area
  • Buying the necessary materials
  • Installing the fence itself

While some property owners who know their way around tools may find these processes doable, there might still be heavy equipment, not to mention the necessary professional skills required to properly install the fence.

Typically, hiring a professional or a contractor can significantly increase your total cost in doing the project; however, this expense can come worth it. By hiring a professional, you can rest assured that your fence is professionally installed.

Additionally, having a professionally installed fence can assure you that your animals or area is safe, saving you the risk of paying for more in case you have to rework or repair your poorly done field fence.

How long does it take to install a field fence?

The time it would take to install a field fence can depend on multiple factors. These can include the size of the job, the terrain conditions, weather conditions, and the number of gates that you want to have, should there be any.

Most of the time, field fences can be installed in 1 to 3 days. As a rule of thumb, it should not take weeks, especially when the fence posts, gates, and rails are already installed.

If your hired contractor is taking weeks to finish the job, they may be over-extending their job, making you pay for more.

How long does it take to install a field fence

Types of field fences and their characteristics

Field fences and their types are not a one-size-fits-all situation. Depending on the type of animal that you keep, or the purposes that you want your field fence to serve, your field fence type, material, height, and quality can vary.

Type of field fenceCharacteristics
Deer fenceThe height of deer fences can usually range between 6 feet to 15 feet high. However, 6-foot tall deer fences are rare since most deers can leap over them.

Deer fences can either be a poly fence or a steel fence. Steel wire deer fencing can offer less visibility.
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.
Camel fenceAlso called “cattle fence”, this type is best used for keeping camels or as borders in fields and grassland.

Camel fences can protect camels from damage and can do a great job in keeping camels contained in a specific space.

This type comes in a fixed knot or hinge joint fencing variations.
Also suitable for cattle, horses, deer, and sheep.
Fixed knot fenceThis 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.
Corral panelsThis type of field fencing refers to large pens that are used for fencing cattle, horses, sheep, and other livestock animals.

Corral panels are usually made of powder coating steel tubing or quality hot-dipped galvanized steel tubing.

Comes in round, square, and oval tube variations.

A few of the distinct characteristics of corral panels are that they are robust, portable, and have excellent rust resistance, and are not corrosive.

This type is best for keeping horses, cattle, and sheep.
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.
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.