Why consider installing buried vector proof fencing?
Permanent buried vector proof fencing for the perineter of your farm is well worth considering if you are starting from scratch with fencing, live in an endemic BTB area or are worried about protecting your alpacas and your investment. Ensuring your land perimeters are secure from badgers, dogs and foxes gives peace of mind to you and potential purchasers. It may also remove the need to implement changes to feed, water and building security which in itself can be very costly. We have also raised the height of natural hedges to prevent deer accessing the farm as wild deer are also a bio security risk.
Alpacas are classed as an overspill species with regard to Bovine TB. The tests typically used in cattle are almost useless in camelids and unfortunately clinical signs of BTB can be vague. It has been shown that BTB found in an alpaca herd can result in whole herd losses. For more information on alpacas and BTB go to www.alpacatb.org. For more information on bovine tb and farm biosecurity go to www.southwest-tbadvice.co.uk.
We looked at all the options before deciding how to best protect our herd and in the end decided it made practical and long term financial sense to just get on with it and install permanent badger fencing. Thanks to advances in fencing technology and bio security knowledge and protocols, bovine TB in alpacas can largely be prevented.
Installing badger proof fencing – how we did it
Installing fencing of this type involves additional equipment and good project management for an efficient installation. It is possible to do it yourself. Due to the size of our farm, we opted to engage professionals who completed the job to a high standard with little inconvenience to us or our alpacas.
It is worth bearing in mind that badgers can squeeze through a gap of 8cm. Gaps between gate posts and gates and the ground should be checked and limited to 7.5cm. (see APHA website for bio security information)
The 1st stage of the project (approx.1000 metres) took a total of 8 days to complete. Below we have illustrated the stages involved.