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Arched Cattle or Hog Panel Trellis

Step by step guide to building a functional trellis from a cattle or hog panel.
Active Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs


  • Eye and ear protection
  • Sledge hammer ot t-post pounder
  • Tape measure


  • 1 16' hog or cattle panel
  • 4 t-posts
  • UV stable zip ties, soft wire, or other fastener


  • Lay out a rectangle with the shorter sides the width of the hog panel and the longer sides 5-6'. Drive a t-post in each corner
  • Bend the panel. You want the arch to be confined to the middle 50% of the panel, with a straighter portion on each side. This will make it tall enough to walk through.
  • Securely fasten the arch to the t-posts at each corner using the zip ties, wire, or twine. There should be at least three attachment points on each t-post.


•Bending the panel is tricky, and there's no one way to do it, though having a friend helps, because that lets you work from both sides at once, making sure that the arch is evenly curved and the the center of the panel is at its peak. Be careful not to kink the panel!
•If properly made, a panel trellis should be sturdy enough to support any plant. Obvious choice include pole beans or cucumbers, but any climbing plant is a good choice.