Planning Your Electric Fence

Planning Your Electric Fence

As recognised leaders in the electric fencing industry, Fi-Shock® and Rutland™ Electric Fencing are committed to helping you easily and effectively plan, install and maintain your fencing system. 


Follow these easy steps while designing your system to ensure that you will have everything you need before you begin.

For easy data entry and printout, we recommend you use our Fence Planner.

  • Sketch It

  • Prep It

Sketch It

Draw Your Layout

Plan your electric fence in advance and pick the components you’ll need to complete the installation. Using a pencil and some graph paper, sketch out the area you wish to enclose, being sure to note distances.

Also include the following in your plan:

  • Location of buildings or barns that will be enclosed by or are adjacent to your fence
  • Location of fence energiser and electrical (power) source
  • Trees or other obstacles
  • Location of water supplies and feeding stations
  • Low or wet spots
  • Entrance or exit points where gates are needed
  • Fence termination points

Prep It

NOTE: The height and spacing of the wires will vary based on the size of the animal(s) you are containing.

We always recommend positioning one electrified wire at the animal’s shoulder height, so the animal will hit the fence with its nose. This is an effective way of helping the animal learn not to approach the electric fence. The Defining Your Needs section covers the best design for different animal species.

Tools You Will Need to Build Your Fence


Check List of Components

  • PERIMETER DISTANCE TO ENCLOSE ____________
  • FENCE ENERGISER (AC/DC/SOLAR) ____________
  • POST
    • 1. Type of line post (Step-in, Wood Post, Rod Post) _________
    • 2. Post spacing - Distance between post (normal is 5 to 10m) _________
    • 3. Number of line posts (Perimeter m/post spacing) _________
    • 4. Type of corner posts (Normally 2m wood set 1.2m in the ground) _________
    • 5. Number of Posts for gates/corners/termination points _________
  • FENCE WIRE
    • 1. Type of wire (Steel / Polywire / Tape / Rope,etc.) _________
    • 2. Number of strands _________
    • 3. Total length needed (Perimeter x the number of strands) _________
  • INSULATORS
    • 1. Type of insulator (Post type & wire type) _________
    • 2. Number of insulators (no. of fence posts x no. of strands) _________
    • 3. Special insulators (Corner post/end post) _________
    • 4. Number of corner insulators (no. of corner posts x no. of strands) _________
  • MISC. ACCESSORIES
    • 1. Gate handles (Number of gates x numbers of strands) _________
    • 2. Earth system (1 or 2m earth stake / insulated wire)