Setting up a fencing system for agricultural purposes to contain livestock is essential and brings significant benefits by ensuring your farm animals are kept within a designated area.

In having a fence to help contain and safeguard your livestock, you can expect to spend between $1 to $8 per linear foot. This estimated cost can differ depending on the type of fence, the size of the project, the height, and others.

In selecting the type of fence that you want to have installed, you should first consider the kind of livestock you are keeping, the quality that you want, and the purposes that you want your fence to be of use for.

High-tensile fencing

One of the most effective and worthwhile fencing types.

The best option for livestock because of its robust characteristics, and construction design.

Is relatively easy to install, but would require multiple strands to properly secure your perimeter.

High-tensile wire typeAverage cost range
High-Tensile Wire (Non-Electric)$0.02 - $0.03 per strand
High-Tensile Bare Wire (Electric)$0.03 - $0.12 per strand
High-Tensile Barbed Wire $0.03 - $0.05 per strand
Electric High-Tensile Polymer$0.10 - $0.15 per line
High-Tensile Polymer Rail$0.80 - $0.90
High-Tensile Polymer (Non-Electric)$0.11 - $0.13 per line

Barbed wire fence

Commonly used for keeping livestock and cattle in a provided area, this type of fence is typically made of steel, with sharp and pointed wires sticking out for added security.

Intruders, animals, or predators are repelled by the barbs that can cause injury. This also adds another layer of security for those who attempt to break or pass through the wire.

For barbed wire fences, there are two types: security and livestock.

For reference, below are the average prices for barbed wire fences:

DescriptionAverage Cost
Barbed Wire Fence per foot (Livestock)$1.25 to $3.50 per foot
Barbed Wire Fence per foot (Security/Razor)$1 to $3 per foot
Barbed Wire (Construction)

5 strands


For a 1,300-foot fence
Barbed Wire Fence

Chain link wire fence