This week we spoke to a father and son duo, Paul and Dylan Young, who specialize in all things fencing.
Paul helped at times by his son Dylan, runs a fencing contracting firm in Co. Fermanagh called ‘Young Fencing Services’. Here he and the team offer a range of different fencing services, which includes sheep wire, estate fencing, electric fencing, barbed wire fencing, gate fencing, stud railing, energisers, and just all things fencing in general. Paul has been in the fencing game since the early 90’s, meaning he has almost 30 years experience.
“We basically cover all things fencing,” said Paul to Kevin of ThatsFarming.
“I have been at it since the early 90’s...If I did murder, I wouldn’t be at it as long” he joked.
The team is made up of Paul and five other men, with his son Dylan also helping out when possible. Currently Paul and one of the men are working on a new project, estate fencing, while the other four people on the site as well.
“We also have four other fellas on the site of the job we are on at the moment” Paul added.
“During school holidays and days off, Dylan works as well with us. He is sixteen and is mad to keep going at it” Paul laughed.
When asked if Dylan would take the business off his hands at some stage, Paul replied, “We’ll see how the education goes...He’s the brains of the operation”.
Currently, to cater for the companies needs, they run with a JCB Fastrac 145-65T and a special Moorhouse postdriver, which was imported by the team from New Zealand.
“It is actually one of the PTO driven machines, one of only free falling weight machines that you can actually get,” said Paul.
The Youngs do come from an agricultural background themselves, making this business venture more than just a shot in the dark. Paul actually comes from a small farming holding in the county, though that is leased out now.
“I grew up in a farming background and I helped out on farms with my father years ago, then he retired” Paul added
“I have worked in many different farms and farming sectors over the years” he adds.
So how did he get into fencing you may ask? Paul just happened to pick up a job with a local fencing firm and from there, things just fell into place and ‘Young Fencing Services’ was born.
“I worked with a company Gallagher fencing and I started out on my own after that,” he said.
As mentioned above, things just sort of fell into place for Paul, almost as if it was predetermined. Paul spotted a gap in the market, whilst working with a local fencing company and decided to bet on himself.
“There was a gap in the market for it and I was offered a franchise through Gallagher international at the time. They were mainly electric fencing, but a lot of it was down in Cork, Kildare, Wicklow….We more so got into timber fencing and sheep wire.” he said.
“We also do a lot of electric work for equine. The job at the moment, we are putting up estate fencing...this is the first year we got into estate fencing. It is supplied by Newtown Precision Engineering’ and erected by us” he added.
When asked why he loves the game, Paul replied,“I just love it. It is something different every day”.
“When you look back on a job and you can go back to a job and look at what you achieved,” he said.
“It's nice to just go back and see these things” he added.
The team cover parts of Cavan, Fermanagh and even Tyrone, meaning they are always kept going and there is always jobs on the horizon. Paul hopes to keep the team on the same track, as they have had a busy year so far.
“I just want us to keep going the way we are going. I am quite content to just keep ourselves working. We are not in any big panic to take on anything major” Paul stated.
“We are just ticking along, keeping everyone happy” he added.
When questioned over challenges, Paul was quick to answer “weather”. This year marked a tough year for the team, especially as they work outside, everyday.
“Weather. It just has been one of the worst years we have seen for weather in years, “ he said.
“Since the middle 80’s, I haven’t seen a wetter year. Dry grounds are wet” he adds.
The Young Fencing team always look to put the customer first, with Paul’s motto to give them what they want. He says this is what makes them different from competitors.
“We listen to what the customer wants and we do what the customer wants,” he said.
“If the customer wants us to go left, we will go left. If they want us to go right, we will go right” Paul continued.
“If a customer says he wants a fence 6metres out from the hedge, it’s not up to us to question it” he added.
Paul may have the reigns at the moment, but not if Dylan has his way, Not that Paul would mind.
“Dylan has a great interest in what we are doing and has come on leaps and bounds over the years and he is a driving force behind it now,” Paul said.
This father and son team are taking fencing to a new level and it’s likely that Young Fencing Services and Paul will continue for many years to come.