Barbed wire is a type of fence made up of strings of wire with sharp barbs made of wire spaced evenly along its length.
Barbed wire was developed in the mid-1800s. It is especially effective for cattle. It’s inexpensive, but it’s hard to work with because it rips up clothing, gloves and skin. It can be dangerous if animals get caught in it and can cause damage severe enough to require euthanasia. Barbed wire is illegal in some towns and subdivisions.
- can be dangerous to humans and animals
- is illegal in some areas
- not suitable for fleeced animals like sheep
Maintenance is significant and includes adjusting tension, mending breaks, and tightening corners. Barbed wire has a lifespan of approximately 30 years.