SAVE THIS SEARCHA new notification will be added to your membership console settings. Note: Only the first three words will be saved.Most fences for cattle utilize barbed wire, especially for large pastures, since a good barbed-wire fence is effective and much cheaper to build and maintain than rail fences or netting, and will last longer if properly installed. Jason Nelson has a ranch near Longview, in southern Alberta, and does custom fencing for many ranchers in his area. He has some tips and advice for constructing durable fences and making the job easier.He and his wife Cara have been building fences for 24 years. “We were 17 years old when we bought our first post-pounder,” says Nelson. His main crew consists of his wife, his younger brother Kyle, and a sister-in-law Michelle, but they sometimes have as many as eight people working on various projects during the summer. They build a lot of rail fences as well as barbed-wire fences.The key to a good barbed-wire fence is good braces. In easy terrain on straight stretches without corners, Nelson puts a brace every quarter mile — at the end of every roll of wire. “Low spots require additional braces, to make sure the tight wir...