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Protect Your Animals With An Electric Fence

Jan 18th 2015 at 9:49 PM

Since 1938, ranchers and farmers have been protecting their animals and land with electric fences. Permanent electric fencing is easy to install and maintain, especially over large areas. Your animals will stay in the pasture where you want them. This kind of fencing is very affordable and durable, because animals quickly learn to avoid the fence.

An electrical fence is a large circuit in which electrical current flows when the circuit is complete. The fence terminal is connected to the fence wires, and an earth terminal is connected to metal stakes in the ground. When a grounded animal touches the fence, it completes the circuit. The fence sends out a memorable shock that doesn’t harm the animal, just reminds them to stay away. If a bird or squirrel walks along the fence, the circuit doesn’t complete because they are not grounded.

You will want to discuss your fencing needs with your contractor, as there are different options for energizers. The size of your land, the type of animals, and the number of wires in the fence all play a part in determining what you need. Energizers can be plugged into a power supply or solar powered, which means the fencing can go anywhere you require it.

The fence itself must be well-designed and built so that it withstands pressure from animals and weather elements. The current must be sufficient to provide a memorable shock, because the strength of the fence is in its psychological barrier. Different currents will be needed based on the length of the fence. If you’re protecting your chicken coop, you don’t need as much power as you do for a pasture filled with larger animals like cows.

An advantage of electrical fences is their affordability. You can easily manage your pastures by controlling the areas where your animals graze. It’s easy to divide large paddocks into smaller areas to separate animals with electrical fences. Even wild animals respond to the electrical pulses that are sent out.

Always make sure you check out local regulations when installing electrical fences. It should be well marked with cautionary signs. The biggest maintenance problem you may have is to keep the surrounding area clear to prevent plants from growing into the wire and damaging the circuitry. Although the fences are easy to maintain, they do need regular inspection.

Electrical fences are a good solution for managing large areas because of their affordability and durability. Use your contractor’s knowledge to install the right fence the first time and keep your animals safe. Discuss your needs with a fence contractor who can help you choose wisely.

To learn more about electric fences in Round Rock, visit this website.

Author Bio

Mark advises people on fence and security techniques and industry trends. You can find his thoughts at his fence blog.

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