Electric Fence Innovations Revolutionize Livestock Grazing and Protection

The best defense might be a great electric fence. With the newest electric fence innovations, electricity may provide the gentle jolt that keeps 'em down on the farm.

| September/October 2006

  • Common uses for electrifiable netting for sheep include subdividing pastures to maximize grass growth, as a boundary fence on rented land, or as an interim fence until a proper, permanent fence can be built.
    Common uses for electrifiable netting for sheep include subdividing pastures to maximize grass growth, as a boundary fence on rented land, or as an interim fence until a proper, permanent fence can be built.
    PHOTO: PREMIER FENCING
  • Containing goats on the farm can be a trying task, but a three-strand electric fence like this one might just do the trick.
    Containing goats on the farm can be a trying task, but a three-strand electric fence like this one might just do the trick.
    PREMIER FENCING
  • Tape fences are the most effective and reliable electrified horse fence, but they also can be the most expensive. Most boundary fences use four ribbons of fencing, and five are advised only for active or aggressive horses.
    Tape fences are the most effective and reliable electrified horse fence, but they also can be the most expensive. Most boundary fences use four ribbons of fencing, and five are advised only for active or aggressive horses.
    PREMIER FENCING
  • Unless smaller species or young calves are to be fenced, there's no need to energize the lower two wires in a seven-wire electric fence like this one. Leaving them neutral will reduce the weed 'drain' on an energizer by more than 60 percent.
    Unless smaller species or young calves are to be fenced, there's no need to energize the lower two wires in a seven-wire electric fence like this one. Leaving them neutral will reduce the weed 'drain' on an energizer by more than 60 percent.
    PREMIER FENCING
  • Use poultry net fencing to keep in most non-flying poultry and to keep out predators like dogs and coyotes.
    Use poultry net fencing to keep in most non-flying poultry and to keep out predators like dogs and coyotes.
    PREMIER FENCING

  • Common uses for electrifiable netting for sheep include subdividing pastures to maximize grass growth, as a boundary fence on rented land, or as an interim fence until a proper, permanent fence can be built.
  • Containing goats on the farm can be a trying task, but a three-strand electric fence like this one might just do the trick.
  • Tape fences are the most effective and reliable electrified horse fence, but they also can be the most expensive. Most boundary fences use four ribbons of fencing, and five are advised only for active or aggressive horses.
  • Unless smaller species or young calves are to be fenced, there's no need to energize the lower two wires in a seven-wire electric fence like this one. Leaving them neutral will reduce the weed 'drain' on an energizer by more than 60 percent.
  • Use poultry net fencing to keep in most non-flying poultry and to keep out predators like dogs and coyotes.

New electric fence innovations protect homestead livestock. 

Japhy, a pup from the city, didn’t know what a chicken was when he first moved to the farm, but he thought our Silver Laced Wyandottes looked interesting, so he ran right over to play with them. He never got close to the birds.

The instant his big, black, wet nose touched the electrified netting that surrounds the laying hens’ pen, Japhy let out a yelp. He jumped, spun clear around in mid-air and took off running in the other direction, yowling in protest and fright. Relax, dog lovers. Mr. Japhy wasn’t injured. Yes, a quick electric shock hurts. Getting hit with a few thousand volts, for even 1/3,000th of a second, does cause some pain. But that’s the whole idea: The shock inflicts no physical damage, but it does leave a lasting impression. 

Japhy learned his lesson and he hasn’t gone anywhere near the chickens again. 



In recent years, electric fence innovations have revolutionized some forms of livestock grazing and protection, and garden crop protection, too.

Now, effective and relatively inexpensive temporary electric fencing is available to protect everything from small animals such as barnyard chickens or pastured poultry to larger animals such as riding horses. 






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