Pam Wolf wrote:Hey, we are fencing now and will need ideas for a tough creek crossing. This was posted earlier, but I couldn't find the reference, so I am asking again for ideas. Hanging metal strips is the best option so far, and someone suggested something with barrels, I woul dlike more on the later
down here we have a number of solutions -
chains - we hang chains off an overhead wire - most livestock do not like to walk thro the chains. The chains do not impede the water flow or logs etc
break fence - this is a bit more complex and is usually done using galvanised tin - a guy wire is placed high across the creek the tin is hung from the guy wire and afixed to a bottom wire - this puts the guy wire under some pressure - when the flood hits the tin and the pressure gets too high the bottom wire breaks and the tin fence lifts up above the bed of the creek - the tin simply rides on the flow of the river. After the flood one only needs to fix the bottom wire.
Normally however most farmers will fence creeks etc completely to stop any access by livestock - they tend to do erosion damage to the creek banks. My northern and eastern boundary which is a riverlet is fully fenced above the flood line. Stock water is pumped from the creek etc to stock watering points.
Our Land & Water Conservation Dept has wanted for many years to make it law that water ways must be fenced however under common law we have riparian rights and very few governments are game enought to remove those rights.