The Barb on Barbed Wire
In the 19th century, lumber in large quantities was expensive for most consumers to import to prairie farm land for fencing. How, then, was a pioneer farmer or rancher going to fence in his land? The solution for many settlers was a special kind of wire that could be stretched taut between fence posts to keep predators out, keep livestock in, and to signal to other homesteaders that this land was already taken.
Barbed wire was ideally suited to the wide-open spaces of prairie lands. It was relatively inexpensive, would not rot, was practically unaffected by fire, was strong and long-lasting, and was easily erected. Introduced in the 1860s, it quickly became widely-used. Between 1875 and 1885, the national consumption of barbed wire jumped from 300 tons to 130,000 tons. To compete in this popular new business, all inventors had to do was devise different methods of attaching barbs, points, wheels, or blocks to the plain drawn wire that was manufactured in Eastern factories. As long as the design did not infringe on previous patents, inventors stood to make money and a name for themselves.
Today, Tree Island Steel manufactures over 5000 tons of barbed wire; approximately 30,000 miles of wire, annually for the North American market. Along with the wide array of Fencing, Barbed and Barbless Wire is made in North America providing quality and value for Farms and Ranches. It is available with points and on reels for easy use.
Tree Island Steel manufactures Fixed Knot Game, Field and Farm as well as Utility Wire Fencing, Garden Fencing, and accessories. Our ToughStrand product is used throughout the market and is known for dependability and value for our customers.
See our Agricultural Section for more information on all fencing products.