I never put a trough that close to a wire fence. Too easy to push into the fence and tear something up.My experience was that they are ok for calves and even larger ones as long as you have plenty enough troughs for all of 'em to eat at. Otherwise, they get to jostling, pushing shoving each other out of the way and ultimately one of the clabber footed ones jumps up in the trough and busts thru even with sheet metal under it.
I liked them at first, but finally quit them and built wooden troughs..
This one didn't last long..
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