All About Fence Wire

Electric fence wire conducts the electric charge from the fence energiser around the length of the fence. Carefully consider your electric fencing needs when you choose the wire you will be using.

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Proper Grounding

Polytape Wire |  Polywire/Polyrope |  Steel |  Aluminium

There are several types of electric fence wire including polytape, polywire/polyrope and steel. Each of these types has certain benefits and is ideally suited to particular uses.

Polytape

Polytape is most often used around horses to help the animal see the electric fence and thus avoid contact with it. Woven into the polytape are stainless steel metal wires called conductors. One differentiating point with polytape is the number of conductors that are woven into the product.


Fi-Shock® Polytape comes in two different widths including 10mm and 20mm. 

Benefits
  • Offers high visibility to animals
  • Lightweight and convenient to use
  • Easier to install, repair and join than metal wire
  • Ultraviolet stabilisers prevent the plastic from breaking or stretching
  • Will not rust

Ideal Uses
  • Perfect for equine fencing
  • Ideal for temporary fencing where animals are rotated for grazing purposes
  • Excellent for controlled grazing

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Polyrope

Polyrope is also used in electric horse fencing to help the horse see the electric fence and thus avoid contact with it. As with polytape, wires called conductors are woven into the polyrope.

Fi-Shock® conductors are made from stainless steel.

Benefits
  • Lightweight and convenient to use
  • Easier to install, repair and join than metal wire
  • Ultraviolet stabilisers prevent the plastic from breaking or stretching
  • Will not rust

Ideal Uses
  • Perfect for equine fencing where visibility is not an influencing factor
  • Ideal for offset fencing where there is already a physical barrier, or permenant fencing in front of hedgerows
  • Good for exposed sites where wind is likely to wear Polytape which has a higher wind resistance.

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Polywire

Poly wire is a good fencing choice for temporary fences as it tends to be more visible than steel wire. It is lightweight thus making it easy to handle, install and rewind when used as a portable fence. It is less durable than steel but well suited to strip grazing and it can be repaired quickly and easily.

This product should only be used with slow moving animals such as dairy cows and is not advised for horses.

Ideal Uses
  • Temporary grazing for sheep, cattle and pigs

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Steel Wire

The most common and least expensive wire used on an electric fence system is steel or galvanised steel wire. Galvanised steel will last a long time and is very good at carrying the fence voltage.

Benefit
  • Economical
  • Excellent conductor
  • Long lasting

Ideal Use
  • Permanent fencing

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Expert Tips

Expert Tips

The wire used for High Tensile is usually usually 2.5mm thickness. A high tensile fence system is ideal for permanent installation particularly for very long farm fences. Although not right for every type of animal or enclosure, a high tensile fence is affordable, attractive, easy to maintain and can last 20 years. High tensile fencing does require some specialised tools for installation and is generally only receommended for installation by someone experienced in handling high tensile wire.

Polytape is most often used for horse or in rotational grazing to help the livestock see the electrified wire. 

Polywire can be quite convenient - if you need to move the electric fence, it is easy to roll up and relocate. Rolling up steel wire can be extremely difficult.

FAQs

FAQs about Fence Wire

Q: Which wire is better for use with horses: polytape, polyrope or polywire?

A: Most people use the polytape with horses because horses can see the tape better than wire or rope. The number of connectors (wire that is woven in) will determine how long the tape/wire/rope will last and what distance the fence can maintain power over.
Polyrope is thicker so it will usually last longer. The benefit of polywire over steel wire is that it can be spooled back up to relocate the fence. Spooling steel wire is almost impossible.

Q: What does “galvanised” mean in the term “galvanised steel wire”?

A: Galvanised steel wire is designed to be rust resistant and is a very shiny silver in color. It is an extremely versatile wire, used by landscapers, craft makers, ribbon manufacturers, tag manufacturers, jewellers, contractors, etc. Its resistance to rust makes it extremely usefulin many situations.