What is Electric Fencing?
An electric fence is a psychological barrier that keeps
farm animals in and wild animals and vermin out - even over long distances.
A pulsed electric current is sent along the fence wire, about one pulse per second, from an
energizer which is earthed. When the animal touches the fence it completes the circuit between the fence and the
ground and receives a short, sharp but safe shock. The shock is sufficiently memorable that the animal never
A power fence is a
psychological barrier so doesn’t require great strength to be effective. However, it must be well designed and
constructed to absorb some pressure from animals, snow and wind. The energizer must have enough power for the
length of the fence and for the animals being controlled. More power is better then not
Reasons For Using Electric Fencing
Keep domestic animals in
Keep wild animals and vermin out
Separate different groups of animals
Allow rationing of crops and pasture
Fence off eroding areas, trees, rivers and roads
Profitability, Electric fencing has
revolutionized pasture management techniques and better pasture management means better profitability for
farmers. Permanent or portable electric fences are used to subdivide pasture to ensure even distribution of manure
over grazing areas. In this way, pastures are kept fresh, short and palatable which ultimately leads to increased
milk and meat production.
power fencing cattle
sheep and predator
There are three main types of fence:
SmartFix the Ultimate Fence Maintanence Time Saver
Gallagher Canadian Brochure
Power Fence Manual
Electric Fence Safety Flyer
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