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Kentucky Spring Fencing Schools Perfect for Agriculturalists, Homeowners Interested in Fencing

By Christopher Carney

The University of Kentucky Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, in conjunction with the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council, Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, Kentucky State Universityand Kentucky Beef Network, will offer the 2024 Spring Fencing School.  

Agriculturalists, producers, homeowners and interested community members can attend on April 23 at the Morehead State University Derrickson Agricultural Complex and on April 25 at the Graves County Cooperative Extension office in Mayfield, Kentucky.

“Fencing is vitally important on the farm,” said Chris Teutsch, associate professor for the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, stationed in the UK Research and Education Center at Princeton. “Good fences keep our livestock safe and animals from getting out. Understanding the ins and outs of proper fencing is important for anyone installing fencing on their property, including residential homeowners.”

The schools will begin at 7:30 a.m. local time. The morning session addresses fencing types and costs, construction basics, electric fencing, innovations in technologies and an overview of Kentucky fence laws.

The afternoon session is a hands-on fence-building session where participants put their knowledge and skills to work. The demonstration includes: 

  • Safety, layout and a post-driving demonstration   
  • H-brace construction   
  • Knot tying, splices and insulator installation  
  • Installing Stay-Tuff fixed-knot fencing  
  • Installing high-electrified tensile fencing  

Events at both locations conclude with questions and a survey at 4:30 p.m. Participants should pre-register at least one week prior to the event. Advance registration is $35 per person and includes a notebook, refreshments and a catered lunch. Participants are encouraged to bring safety glasses and hearing protection.

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