Electric fence a valuable investment
Choose your fencing wisely
Whether attempting to keep goats in or deer out, nothing works as effectively as electric fencing. It is quite possibly the most important tool for managing animals.
When considering building a fence, it typically pays to include one or more hot, or electrified, wires. Hot wires cause fences to last longer and require less maintenance, as animals are deterred from rubbing on them. They also allow animals to be more easily contained during trying periods, such as breeding and weaning.
Fencing options generally fall into three categories: temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent. Temporary fences are easy to move; semi-permanent fences serve in the interim until a permanent fence can be installed; and a permanent fence isn't intended to be moved for a number of years. For animals to respect a fence, they must recognize it as a barrier. Train them to the fence first. Contained animals can be trained by placing a short working sample inside the corral. Deterred animals can be conditioned by coating the wires with molasses.
With a wide variance in the fence energizers available, be sure to choose what fits your need. Factors including the total length of the fence, species to be contained or deterred, climate, soil, power source, and safety should all be considered. You'll also need to decide on a battery- or solar-powered energizer with high or low impedance output capabilities.
Date Updated: April 30, 2012
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