No, not bird on a wire, but deer caught in wire. Having just shot my third beast in recent times - two roe, one red- with three and a half legs, I really question whether it's all that important to have that top strand of wire finishing off a fence. I can appreciate when its barb, but if it's just a plain wire is it not actually just cosmetic?
Is it not possible to have the stock fence just reaching up to the top? Is it not possible to have the stock fence reaching to the top and put the plain wire at the bottom? Or, should we be creating a taller, for want of a better word, stock fence?
The amount of beasts that must get hung up in a year and die a lingering death or manage to get free but are maimed must be considerable. Is there no way to stop this quite unnecessary suffering?
So, farmers, tell me why this goes on? Incidentally lest we get too much ping pong, I'm not blaming farmers, I'm asking for their professional, experienced advice.