Defining Your Electric Fence Needs

When designing your electric fence system, there are several questions you need to ask yourself.

  1. What type of fence do I need?
  2. What animals need to be contained or deterred?
  3. What are some other factors I need to consider?

  • Types of Fences

  • Animal Control Needs

  • Other Factors

Types of Fences

Animal Control Needs

Other Factors

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.

Soil Quality
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.