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

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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