There was a great turn out for this year’s Agri Trade Fair which was held earlier this month. The Agri Trade Fair, now in its second year, was put together in 2021 to showcase agricultural & rural businesses in Cheshire. Despite the weather not being in our favour, the fair was still a great success. It was a great day to bring the farming community together and to allow opportunities to see familiar faces and catch up with those living and working in the agricultural industry. Stockdale Fencing were really proud to be part of this event and to be able to showcase our fencing. It was great to see such hive of activity across the whole show. We have more shows lined up for later in the summer, including the all-important The Royal Cheshire County Show on 21st and 22nd June 2022. Get it in your diary!
With winter almost behind us and a glimmer of Spring on the horizon now is the time to get those fences ready for action. As we head into spring it is vital you check your livestock and equine fencing for any signs of natural wear and tear. Often across the winter months grass levels are so much lower which causes horses to chew, rub or push against fences more as they have less to eat. With livestock turnout season ahead the best quality fencing is necessary to keep those animals safe and protected.
Spring is the best time of year to get your fencing, whatever the purpose, ready and prepared for the months ahead. Here at Stockdale Fencing we have a strong and well-informed knowledge base which allows us to provide the best quality fencing suitable for the specific job. Alongside this our installation and fitting are provided by a highly skilled and professional workforce.
This winter and spring has seen a rise in footpath fencing. Installations have included National Trust work, private estates and land owners with public footpath access. Since the initial lockdown of 2020 the popularity in enjoying our local countryside has sharply increased. There has been a vast interest in the public using and enjoying local footpaths, this in turn has lead to a need to improve them from a safety and practical perspective. Much of the work our teams have carried out is deer fencing, livestock fencing and netting. These are really great options for keeping livestock and deer safe within their surroundings. It also helps prevent the public accessing the animals, including dogs gaining access to the animals. It’s always vital to remember to try and keep your dog on a lead, certainly where livestock are present. Cheshire East have reported a number of incidents lately whereby dogs have been allowed off leads which in turn has affected livestock and their young. It is paramount we remain safe on our footpaths but that also includes taking responsibility of the livestock in the surrounding areas. Livestock and other fencing is in place to help encourage this, and here at Stockdale Fencing we are always really keen to contribute in keeping our countryside safe for all users.
It definitely feels like life is slowly starting to recover from the turbulence of the last two years and with this in mind we are ready and raring to tackle 2022 head on. With a handful of large fencing projects in place across the northwest, we have expanded our staff and now have up to 8 teams working across a wide variety of installations, meaning we have more teams ready to take on your fencing plans for the year ahead. With spring on the horizon now is the time to get those fences ready for action; have you asked yourself if your fence is spring ready? As we head into spring it is vital you check your livestock and equine fencing for any signs of natural wear and tear. Often across the winter months grass levels are so much lower which causes horses to chew, rub or push against fences more as they have less to eat. With livestock turnout season ahead the best quality fencing is necessary to keep those animals safe and protected.
Here at Stockdale Fencing we have a strong and well-informed knowledge base which allows us to provide the best quality fencing suitable for the specific job. Alongside this our installation and fitting are provided by a highly skilled and professional workforce. Don’t hesitate to give us a call on 07883 339617 and we’ll be happy to help with all of your fencing needs.
Earlier this month, after a long two-year wait, we saw the return of The Royal Cheshire Show. This time organisers switched up and instead of the two-day mid-week show we’ve always known it became a one-day weekend event. Further to this we also welcomed a one-day mid-week event in the form of ‘The Cheshire Agricultural Trade Fair’. This was the perfect opportunity for those who live and breathe agriculture to take some time off the farm and use the day to finally catch up with the wider farming community and to start making some new connections once again. I think it would be fair to say that both shows were a huge success for everyone involved!! Many rural and agricultural businesses came together to exhibit at one of or both shows, ourselves included in that. It was so great to see so many friendly faces, both new and those more familiar on our stand. Both ourselves and our sister company, Cheshire Trailers, had a really successful few days. We felt a real buzz around the stand with many enquiries into both our fencing and trailer work, including some successful sales with our Nugent trailer sales. We really hope the pandemic eases even further in time for summer 2022 and it will hopefully allow the success of the shows from 2021 to continue to grow. I think all involved will strongly agree that it was just great to be back!
It’s all been a bit doom and gloom this year but the festive season is fast approaching and no one can take the jingle of those festive bells away from us. With this in mind it seems appropriate to mention the comeback of our Christmas tree pop up shop here at Stockdale Fencing HQ (located between Holmes Chapel and Knutsford) at the end of November. We are yet to firm up how this will run due to the current restrictions in place but rest assured we will be here to help bring that Christmas cheer to Cheshire! Keep a look out for our Christmas pop up shop updates on our social media pages.
It’s a busy time of year for the newt world. We have spent much of the last month creating Newt ponds and hibernacula for these protected species. Newts and their eggs, breeding sites and resting places are protected by law. Prior to fencing and other construction jobs we often get called in to build specialist newt fencing and habitats to ensure these species remain protected during and after installations.
The newt fence usually consists of a plastic membrane buried into the ground. It is then supported by timber posts placed at regular intervals along the line of the fence. The fence normally has a below ground horizontal return facing out of the site to minimise the risk of newts re-entering the site through the disturbed soil layer.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any of your newt fencing enquiries; protect the newts!
Finally, we made it to May, after an unusual few month (and some more to come I’m sure) we have returned to the fields and are back open for business. We feel very lucky that here at Stockdale Fencing we work in the great outdoors and therefore it has allowed us to get back up and running, with some safety restrictions of course. Going forward we have safe and social distancing restrictions in place and strict hand washing and hygiene procedures to protect both our staff and customers.
We have five teams out across the whole of the North West who are already busy installing fencing. Projects currently include Great Crested Newt fencing on a new up and coming development, quarry footpath fencing, livestock fencing.. to name a few!
We are also delighted that we can continue to offer on-site quotes with social distancing measures in place. Whilst we’ve been in lockdown a few changes have been made at HQ, all to be revealed in the upcoming weeks. We’ve also taken a number of deliveries of materials during lockdown, so we are well stocked to supply and fit in the coming months. The month of May even saw over 1000 metres of wire delivered through our gates!
Stay safe and thank you for your continued support during these more difficult times!
This month we bring you a special equine product feature piece about our highly popular and widely used Horserail fencing. Here at Stockdale Fencing we are one of the UK’s leading fencing contractors for supplying and fitting of Horserail. Horserail is renowned for being highly safe and durable whilst being adaptable to all forms and function. The way in which it is manufactured lends itself to that of a post and rail style fencing. Horserail is made up of a flexible polyethylene rail which is molecularly bonded to a high tensile wire. Available with a variety of safely installed and well insulated electrified strips and metal cores, Horserail helps prevent horses chewing and rubbing on the fence therefore prolonging the lifespan of the fence.
Available in white, black and brown Horserail is extremely visible to horses and helps them to easily define their boundary. It is flexible enough for installation but has the rigidity offered by the high tensile wire meaning there is little to no risk of horses becoming trapped or harmed. Furthermore, this fence also comes with a 30-year warranty, what’s not to love!
If you are in need of any equestrian fencing or want to find out any more information about Horserail please feel free to give us a call and we can advise accordingly!