World News Update

with Josh Dykstra

Barbed wire, or barb wire, is a long steel wire with small pricks at intervals connected to the wire. Although Joseph F. Glidden would receive the patent for the modern version of barbed wire, many people say that Lucien B. Smith was the inventor. Barbed wire sparked in the middle east because it was easy to build and required no skill to put up. These small barbs were the reason that cattle would be restraint because it poked the cattle and would not let them pass. There were these little shrubs growing in the plains that would have strong roots and thorns to keep animals away from it. This is where the people got the idea to make these steel fencing.
I Am Angus: The History of Barbed Wire