It’s not hard to build an excellent electric fence with the help of an electric fence supplier. You get what you put in. When the right equipment is used and the binding preserved, it can result in a permanent bond, like the barbed wire that you are used to.
The advantage of using ‘electric’ or high-pressure’ fences is that they cost less than a barbed wire fence on average, as fewer materials are required and less time to install.
An electric fence option is also more versatile; you can quickly remove it and reinstall somewhere else. This is especially good in times of drought when pasture scarcity occurs, and producers are searching for additional pasture options.
Electrical fences are mental obstacles and not physical barriers for all cattle and pasture classes. When animals are properly trained, and the wall works as it was, cattle touch the fence once and leave it alone. This includes all pasture seasons, such as spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
How Electric Fencing Works
If the electric fence is fully mounted and the animal comes into contact with an electrically charged fence wire, it can experience a shock as the electrical current travels through the animal’s soil and therefore completes the electrical circuit.
The fence needs to be built and configured to withstand some pressure from livestock, snow, and wind. The fence charger, also known as the energy controller and fence controller, must be powerful enough to control the fence’s length and control the animals.
Since the earth makes up half of the electric fence circuit, a properly installed ground circuit is fundamental. A two-wire system can be used where poor soil and low soil conditions exist with one wire electrically charged while the other wire acts as earth. If alternating hot and ground wires are mounted, this two-wire electric fence system is used.
The electrically charged fence wire must not continuously come into contact with shrubs, tall grass, fence posts, nails, or any other conductive objects. Otherwise, the electric charge will lose its shocking power from the fence wire.
Irrespective of what cable system is used, the ground rod(s) and attachment to the charger’s ground terminal shall always be used.
Electric Fence Benefits
Electric fencing still has its detractors despite the worldwide successes. Most swear that there are still a few people who do not think it works. The reason is simple. If you understand and practice the basic principles of electric fencing, you will benefit from electrical fencing. In contrast, those who do not apply these principles are never able to function effectively. Simplicity is the key, and following only a few guidelines, an effective fence can be assured.
The use of electricity to control animals is nothing new. For more than seventy years, farmers use electrical fences in Europe and New Zealand to manage their cattle, while in Africa, they are used to defend arable land from destruction by African wildlife.
The then-used mechanic “click” high internal impedance energizers could not resolve much vegetation competition and could only control relatively short fence lengths. The technical developments in solid-state electronics in the 1970s culminated in the development of today’s high powered modern low internal impedances.
These new energy sources have been able to power multi-strand electrical clamping for many kilometers, while the dynamic closing has now become a handy tool for managing all wildlife throughout the world. A few environmental organizations do not use electrical fencing in their wildlife management programs.
Finally, while economics is a significant factor in planning any electrical fencing project, beware of being too thrifty and of basing big decisions on price considerations alone. A wicked energizer leads to a wimpy fence.
- Deterrence, detection, and postponement
Electric perimeter fences block possible intruders from entering your property as a physical barrier. While the shock caused by these fences is not lethal, it suffices to stop most people from trying to steal their assets or materials.
If someone tries, despite the electric shock, to cross the fence, high-security options such as intruder alarms detect the presence of the intruder when accessing your property. In addition to detecting security breaches, intruder alarms also inform you about opening doors or handling devices.
- Simple to run
While skilled electrical fences need to be installed, they are known to be easy to build, operate, and maintain. Instead of incurring additional costs for the construction of new fences, electric fences can be installed by an electric fence supplier on or parallel to the existing fence structure. Traditional fencing materials are heavy and often difficult to handle, which can increase the cost and time needed for installation.
- Few operating costs
Electric fences consist of steel and aluminum wires which have been secured from corrosion. You don’t have to worry about the precipitation impact, and you don’t have to paint or stone the material like you want for a wooden fence. Essential maintenance of these fences involves inspection of sufficient voltage in the wires with a voltage meter, preventing grass and other objects from touching the fence, and inspecting the connections.
Electrical Security Fencing’s Main Elements
Electric fencing systems can be adapted to your needs. Depending on the site itself, the electronic fencing device components differ. There are, however, critical components in all good electrical fencing systems. The core components are here.
1. Fence Energizers
Energizers send electrical pulses of currents to the wires at approximately 1 second. The pulsating current guarantees that the person handling it is not dangerous to human beings if the wires are touched. The energizers can be hooked into an electrical circuit or battery-operated depending on the specifications and the height of the fence.
For the efficiency of your electric fence, the right conductor is essential. The job of the wires is to conduct the electrical current. Different kinds of conductors such as tapes, wires, and ropes are on the market and differ in price and use.
It is necessary to choose the right conductor to provide adequate voltage to the fence for optimum protection. Please consult us to see which driver is suitable for your needs.
For safety purposes, electric fences are fitted with insulators to make sure electricity does not flow to the ground, or any electricity supply content. Insulators minimize the risk of fire ignition or short out of the fence. Plastic or porcelain insulators are usually connected to a fence until the material is attached.
About the Author
Axle Boris the founder and President of FenceFast Ltd grew up on a cattle ranch in British Columbia’s Northern Interior. After having spent several summers working for his father custom fencing as a youth years later in 1998 he started AB Custom Fencing in the BC interior. Being impressed with how electric fences consistently kept out a wide variety of animals and were a cost-effective option for customers; Axle became a dealer for Gallagher Animal Management in 2000. Since then AB Custom Fencing has become an industry leader specializing in Livestock, Wildlife, Bear and Predator Management permanent and portable fence structures.