Fencing can be a very expensive part of managing any property & is something that you want to get right the first time. This is no secret, but the how to's of a good fence is very important just the same.
Create a Fence System
Traditional fencing is a physical barrier & with it being "physical", injury to livestock as well as damage and wear & tear on the fence lines will occur. The extent of the damage/injuries obviously depends on the use of the fence, from holding in a dog to keeping back a spirited bull or some determined kangaroo's, there will always be some pressure placed on your fence line. An electric fence is a psychological barrier, where animals & stock will not go near it because they soon learn that it is not pleasant. This keeps the pressure off the fence line no matter its condition.
We are great believers in a Complete Fence System for many reasons. A good combination of a physical barrier teamed with a psychological barrier will benefit you in so many ways.
- Two fail safes: If the traditional fence fails, the electric fence will still maintain containment and vice versa.
- Lower Cost: There is no need to go to the extreme with traditional fencing materials, even in some cases netting & hinged joint is not needed at all.
- Time saving: Constant repairs & maintenance of traditional fencing can be very labour intensive, with the double benefit of electric fences taking the pressure of the traditional fence & easy set up of an electric fence, so much time is saved.
- More flexibility: While traditional fences are in place for their life, with a good electric fence in place too, you can chop up paddocks, add or remove wires, create lane ways and so much more with minimal extra cost.
- Portable: Some of the major components of the electric fence can come with you if you move, or can be moved around the property to best suit you.
- More versatile: A mixture of the two fence systems can help you achieve many things very efficiently & cost effectively. If you find that one part isn't doing the job properly, you can simply add to it, i.e. an extra wire for calves, or a higher wire for jumping dogs.
- Less impact: When both systems of fence are in use, there is a low impact on the livestock or animals as they don't go near it. No tangles in wire or cuts from posts & expensive vet bills to match. Low impact on the fence means less maintenance & costs.
By creating a fence system using both traditional and electric fence, you will have a much more effective, efficient and easily managed form of containment. The life of the fence will be extended and maintenance will be reduced. Quite often an electric fence energiser, a few insulators & a single wire is all that's required to complete a fence & make the traditional fence simply a back up. Old fences that need repair can have a second lease on life when an electric fence is put in place.
Traditionally people used 900 high netting with 2 lines of barb, while this is necessary in some applications, imagine how much more cost effective & easier to run 1 line of plain hot wire and 1 earth wire can be. Think of the amount of times you have seen livestock with their heads through the barb eating the grass on the other side. It is very rare that you will see any animal within meters of an electric fence.
We hope this has been helpful for you & if you have any questions or tips & trick you would like to share, we would love to hear it!
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