Tornado’s Ultimate Livestock Fencing, R8/80/22, has been flying off the shelves all season.

A promotion allowing 10 golden ticket winners to win ‘Beer for a Year’ added extra incentive if any were needed, for contractors to switch to Tornado’s premium “stiff stay” livestock net.

Tornado’s R8/80/22 net is the ultimate livestock fence for a number of reasons. Firstly and most importantly the 22cm spacing makes it safer for livestock, reducing the chances of animals, particularly lambs, getting their heads stuck in the fence, tearing out ear tags. Secondly, R8/80/22 is easier to install than other livestock fences. The solid vertical stay wires make the fence quicker and easier to pull up than a hinge joint fence which can fold and sag. It will also follow any undulation in the ground without tension issues. The smooth knot allows the netting to be easily pulled around turning posts. Another benefit of the 22cm vertical wire spacing is that it makes tying off easier without the need to strip out vertical wires. Knots can be easily removed if required by snipping across the diagonal wire on the knot. The quality of a finished Torus fence is very high; the knot is small and unobtrusive for an aesthetically pleasing fence line, and the solid vertical wires are more resistant to downward pressure from livestock.

Toby Arundale of T A Fencing bought some rolls from Harrison Machinery in Ruthin to try during the promotion. Toby said, “I really rate the Tornado R8/80/22. It’s easy to strip the ends off and the net stands up well even when the ground is uneven. I’ll keep buying it now – I’m converted!”

The promotion of R8/80/22 Ultimate Livestock Fencing ties in with work on the new BS 1722 fencing standard that Kenny Campbell, Managing Director of Tornado, along with others from the industry has been involved with this year. The standard is also endorsed by the Association of Fencing Industries (AFI)

This new British standard aims to establish minimum requirements for materials and workmanship for the more common types of fence in order to ensure satisfactory service for the client, and to assist manufacturers and installers by eliminating unnecessary minor variations in the demands of clients.

It includes suggestions for sizes of components, together with the permissible tolerances. These are minimum requirements and it is normally acceptable to use larger sizes, except if this could adverselyaffect the fitting of components or if replacement parts are required to match up with those already present. It also includes requirements for protective treatments.

The current standard is around 15 years old and, although, still a valid document, materials and techniques have moved on considerably in that period. Consequently, a new standard was needed to reflect today’s best practice in the sector.

The suitability of a fence is affected by factors such as intended purpose, desired service life, aesthetic considerations, and availability of components. When specifying a fence, allowance needs to be made for non-standard local conditions, for example, ground conditions might indicate that a variation in the post, type or length is desirable. The posts and struts and setting depths suggested in this British Standard are intended for use in “normal” ground conditions, but if special conditions exist that warrant a change in the specification, e.g. the ground is softer or firmer than usual, such a change needs to be agreed with the specifier.

The new standard has shifted the emphasis from the “recipe” type standards typically found in the fencing industry to a new performance based approach but still giving examples of the type of fencing which could be used to meet the performance specification. It also reflects the modern shift toward High Tensile fencing and the options of non-timber posts in the light of the difficulties experienced with softwood posts in recent years.

Kenny Campbell, Managing Director of Tornado said, “As market leaders Tornado have been pleased to be involved with the new guidelines. R8/80/22 sales this year have been stronger than ever as more people begin to appreciate the many benefits of this net, particularly the increased safety for livestock.”

A 22cm spacing between the verticals is recommended for sheep within the new BS 1722 guidelines as a safe yet secure barrier.

POSTSCRIPT: There have been four winners so far so six golden tickets are still waiting to be found so don’t forget to check the backs of the labels when installing your next livestock fence.

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