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Boundary fence ready to face fire risk

23 Jun 2016
Boundary fence ready to face fire risk After fire destroyed the boundary fence of a client’s livestock property, fencing contractor Terry Renner knew an alternative to timber posts was needed to ensure the replacement could stand up to any future fires.

With the property sitting alongside a railway line next to State Highway 1, south of Blenheim in the Marlborough region in New Zealand’s South Island, it had been subjected to a number of fires over the years sparked by trains.

Besides the fire risk, the new fence had to keep cattle and sheep out of the railway and road corridor and withstand the pressure of livestock grazing on its top side in steep terrain.

To tick all the boxes, Terry recommended the use of galvanized steel Waratah materials.

The result is a 1150-millimetre-high boundary fence stretching three kilometres which Terry believes will be there for the long-term.

“The landowner didn’t want to be pulling out burnt posts and replacing them any time again in his lifetime,” Terry said.

“I’d had a look at the Waratah products and thought this would be a good opportunity to use them. I was quite confident they’d be a lot stronger than cheaper imports.”

It’s the first time the Renner Fencing team had used the Jio® fence posts, and they were impressed with the strength of the materials and their ease of use.

Terry operates the family business with his wife Karen and their two sons, Michael and Bradley and their wives, Olivia and Michelle.

The fence comprises Jio Star® and Jio MaxY® posts at a ratio of 4:1, with pre-fabricated wire topped with two strands of barbed wire.

“The Jio MaxY is very strong. We drove the posts in with a pneumatic driver and you’ve really got to put them in the right place the first time because it’s impossible to shift them once they’re in,” Terry said.

“We were working on clay and gravel soil, so it was quite hard. A lot of inferior products would have bent and bowed in those conditions.

“We used the Jio clips for the first time, and they make it really quick to attach the wire to the posts.

“We’ve just finished a six kilometre fence up the Awatere Valley using the Jio fencing system with six plain wires and a barb and it went very well up there too.”

Terry and his fencing teams are also using Waratah Gripples®.

“We use a lot of them, especially where there’s a fence with netting on uneven terrain,” Terry said.

“Where it goes over the brow and down, the netting can get tight on the bottom and loose on the top.

“The Gripples allow you to strain certain wires and even it up, making it a lot quicker and economical to do the job.

“We run three fencing gangs and on the terrain we work on, it’s better with the Gripple on it than not, especially with netting fences.”

Terry said he had also found the system of Waratah Jio posts and clips was also suitable to replace an existing, standing fence.

“If older steel posts are wearing out, you can put these new Waratah posts beside them and clip them into place,” he said.

“It doesn’t matter what gauge of wire is on an old fence, there are so many holes in the Jio posts that you can match it up.

“It’s a very handy system.”