Defining Your Electric Fence Needs
When designing your electric fence system, there are several questions you need to ask yourself.
- What type of fence do I need?
- What animals need to be contained or deterred?
- What are some other factors I need to consider?
Types of Fences
Animal Control Needs
Types of Fences
Permanent Perimeter or High Tensile Fences
Permanent Perimeter or High Tensile fences will last 30-50 years. There are many benefits to this system:
Fewer line posts are needed and you do not have to tie off at every corner as you do with barbed or stock wire fences.
LASTS LONGER:High-tensile wire has the longest life span out of all the fence wire options available.
STRONGERthan conventional fencing and will contain any breed of livestock. We offer many materials to help build and maintain a strong, effective fencing system.
Semi-Permanent Electric Fences will last from 5-30 years. Benefits to this system include:
These types of fences can meet your animal control needs as those needs change through the years. We can provide a wide range of products that address changing animal control and pasture management requirements.
MULTI-USE:Semi-permanent fences can be used for several purposes. Install a semi-permanent electric fence to contain, control and or deter an animal. We have many tools to help you build a fence to meet those needs.
ECONOMICAL:Materials for semi-permanent electric fences are usually less expensive than materials for permanent fencing. Choose from Fi-Shock™ or Rutland™ Electric Fencing semi-permanent fencing solutions to allow you to use sturdy yet more economical materials for fences.
EASE OF INSTALLATION:Semi-permanent electric fence systems are usually easier to install than permanent fencing systems. Easy fence installation is common to all our electric fencing systems.
Temporary Electric Fences are ideal for strip grazing, paddock splitting or temporary enclosures.. Benefits to this type of system include:
- FLEXIBILITY: These electric fence systems can meet your temporary animal control needs as soon as those needs change. Among other uses, temporary fence systems are designed to be effective for rotational grazing as well as for protecting gardens, flower beds, landscaping or ponds from nuisance animals, predators, and even pets. Fi-Shock™ temporary fence systems allow for this flexibility of use.
- CONVENIENT: These are often part of a fence kit. Fi-Shock™ electric fence kits are economical and include everything you need to assemble an electric fence system.
- EASE OF INSTALLATION: Temporary fences are usually easier to install than either semi-permanent or permanent fences. The packaging in all our Fi-Shock™ and Rutland™ fencing systems contains easy to follow instructions and tips to effortlessly install your electric fence.
Animal Control Needs
Define Your Animal Control Needs
There are questions you need to ask yourself when building electric fences for animals:
- What type of fence do I need? If I can’t use electricity, is a battery-powered fence or a solar-powered fence right for me? Can I use an electric fence kit?
- What animals need to be contained or deterred? Do I need an electric deer fence, electric farm fence, or a livestock electric fence? What about an electric fence kit if I'm controlling horses or pets?
- What are some other factors I need to consider when planning electric fences for animals?
Electric fence systems can be used for a variety of livestock, horses and farm animal containment needs.
Electric fences for animals can also be used for pet containment. These systems are usually in the form of an electric fence kit where all of the fencing materials are supplied inside the box.
Electric Fence Systems work for cows, bulls, horses, pigs, goats, sheep, exotic animals, deer and rabbits, among others. Check our variety of electric fences for animals in our store.
We have listed below the most common number of strands needed for different species of animals. Some stands are charged or “live” while others are grounded
The measurements are from the ground up. The red line means it is a charged wire, while a black line means it is a grounded (not electrified) wire.
Recommended Electric Fence Configurations for Cattle
Recommended Electric Fence Configurations for Horse Containment
Recommended Electric Fence Configurations for Predator & Nuisance Animal Control
Recommended Electric Fence Configurations for Small Farm Animal Containment
Recommended Electric Fence Configurations for Exotic Animal Containment
As a general rule, there should be a “Livet” wire at chest level for the animal that you are trying to contain or repel. Another live wire should be placed at nose level.
For example, if you are trying to keep a normal sized cat out of a garden, there should be a live wire at about 20cm above the ground and another at about 30cm above the ground.
Obviously, if there are multiple species and sizes of animals, more strands will be needed.
Size of Area
What is the size of the area you wish to fence?
The distance will determine the size of electric fence energiser you will need. The location of a power source or the lack of a power source will also be important in determining which type of energiser is needed.
New Fence or Add to Old
Will you be building a new fence or adding to an existing fence?
This will determine what components and accessories you will need to build your electric fence.
What is the quality of your soil?
This may seem like a strange question, but we have learned that about 85-90% of the time when there is a problem with an electric fence, the cause can be traced back to an improper earth system.
Take a look at the soil of the area where you are going to build your electric fence. The quality of your soil will determine the type of earth stake you will need.
If the soil is very sandy or very rocky, it is harder to get a good electrical ground which often means that multiple earth stakes will need to be used.