What should I know before replacing a Chain Wire Fencing?
If your fence will feature an electrified wire, you should put up “electric fence” warning signs (even if the wire is on “your” side of the fence).
When used to Chain Wire Fencing, chain link fencing must be securely fastened to high tensile wire or rails along both the top and bottom edges, otherwise the mesh will be easily stretched by the livestock.
Woven wire, or field fence, is usually preferred for livestock as it is less likely to stretch without requiring top and bottom support. It's also a lot less expensive than chain link.
A sturdier, but more expensive, option is cattle panels. These look a lot like field fence, but made of heavy steel rods welded together. They are typically 16 feet wide and about 4 feet high.
It's pretty easy for a curious kid to climb over chain link unless you top it with barbed wire. Field fence is a little harder to climb; it doesn't support their weight well. The ones that care will stop (the ones that don't care won't be stopped by much).
You can't really stop people from crossing the fence, but for your own liability, you need to make it as difficult as you reasonably can. You need to be able to demonstrate that you've taken reasonable precautions to protect the public.
Try to keep dangerous livestock (such as a bull bovine) out of the field bordering the subdivision. Even though there is a fence, it's really not enough separation between dangerous animals and an unaware public.