The Struggle of Being an Ag Fence Contractor


Like many industries, the pandemic, shipping and shipping container shortages, and high demand have affected the fencing industry in recent years. The fencing industry includes multiple segments, such as residential and commercial, and subsegments, such as DOT and agriculture. The segments compete with one another for access to some parts or components but also have differing needs, so they overlap less in their demand for specific products.

An ag fence contractor faces challenges different from those servicing the residential market, with the scale of ag projects being one of the differences. An ag fence can easily involve the installation of miles of fencing products, so the volume of needed products is at a different scale.

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Luckily for ag fence contractors, many manufacturers had products in inventory and could ramp up production based on high demand.

The ag industry often uses fabric fences that require less steel and other products that were in short supply, so they have been able to continue installing new fences. Still, when supply is constrained, some parts and components can go missing, making it challenging to install fences when key parts are missing. The ag fence industry is dynamic and adjusts to manufacturing or supply issues, but some farmers and ranchers have to wait longer for their new fences than they would prefer.


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