We often get questions about the different colors offered in the PasturePro posts. Like many things, color is just a personal preference and has nothing to do with the effectiveness of the posts.
Some think that livestock see the white posts better than the other colors, but I don’t think that should factor heavily into your decision when selecting a color. I have yet to see any cows walk into a black or hickory post on our farm because they didn’t see it. But you should select a more visible color for interior fences if you have hired help or frequent visitors that aren’t as familiar with your fence locations as you are. Here is a brief summary of my experiences with the different colors:
The most popular color, white looks really sharp and makes a fence line very visible. Unlike the bright white seen in vinyl or plastic products, the white PasturePro post is more natural in appearance, similiar to that of a white painted fence.
My only word of caution when using white posts is that they are very noticeable if not installed inline and plumb. I’ve noticed a lot of crooked t-posts in traditional barbed wire fences lately, but they don’t stand out because they are green or rusty. This holds true for the PasturePro post colors as well, so if you are bothered by a crooked post here and there, a color other than white might be a good option.
Hickory works well for those who prefer to not notice their posts when they’re looking out over a field. I have installed a lot of these on perimeter fences where the posts are spaced closely together and we really like how they look. However, it is difficult at times to see the hickory posts with one wire fences when you’re on a tractor or ATV, especially during the spring/summer months.
After installing all the different posts on our farm, this color is my preferred choice. It doesn’t stand out when you look out over the pasture, but it is easy to see with one wire fences as well as in the snow.