Livestock/motorist conflicts prevented with fencing projects

Approximately 100 km of fencing will be installed this year to prevent livestock from straying

Ministry of Agriculture

Approximately 100 km of fencing will be installed this year to prevent livestock from straying onto B.C. highways and railroads, as part of the Province’s $10-million highway and railroad livestock fencing plan.

The initiative is a continuing commitment under the Ranching Task Force Report, in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Ministry of Agriculture and the BC Cattlemen’s Association (BCCA).

This six-year program began in 2010 with planning and prioritization of projects. Construction commenced in 2011 and will take place through 2015, with a total of about 700 km of fencing built to separate livestock from provincial highways and railways. Last year, over 90 km of fencing was contracted, primarily replacing existing fences that were in poor repair.

Applications for fencing under this project have been received by the BCCA since early November 2010 and are still being accepted for future construction seasons. The planning and prioritization phase has wrapped up for this year, and tenders will be let for approximately $1.35 million in fence construction this season.

Administration of the project and tendering of the fence construction contracts will be carried out through BCCA’s project delivery arm.

Learn more about the Highways Fencing Program at: www.cattlemen.bc.ca/fencing.htm