Installing a fence to keep livestock for agriculture can come necessary, if not purely advantageous since it can securely keep your domesticated animals safe in a contained 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

Is usually paired with barbed wire fencing for optimum effectiveness and security. However, for those who don’t want the risk of injuring their livestock, it can also act as a standalone fence.

Cost-friendly and lightweight, yet strong enough to create an effective boundary marker for properties, residential markers, pet spaces, and small livestock.

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

DescriptionAverage Cost per linear foot
Chain Link Fence (4ft height)$7 to $12
Additional Height$1 to $2
Additional Privacy Slats$3 to $5
Additional Fabric Screen$3
Chain Link Wire Fence

Chicken wire fence

Chicken wire fences are commonly used for their flexible, strong, and durable characteristics.

Named after its most common purpose, chicken wire fences are also used to keep squirrels, rabbits, mice, and other small animals contained safely in a specific area..

The average cost to install a chicken wire fence can range between $2 to $4.50 per linear foot.