Australia has long been a farming country. With farms and rural properties accommodating hundreds and thousands of cattle and livestock it’s no wonder we need reliable sources of fencing. Here’s a few things to consider if your looking at securing your property with an electric fence system.
Consider what the fence will be used for
For many people with large properties it can be extremely difficult trying to keep livestock safe and secure. Not to mention keeping dangerous predators out. If you have cow’s, horses, or any other type of animal that needs to be fenced in, it’s often a good idea to consider purchasing an electric fence system. They are much easier to set up that traditional wiring, and are much safer for the animals than options such as barbed wire. There are a few things you want to consider when looking for the right electric fence system.
Consider the size of the area you are wanting to contain
The first thing you want to consider is how large the property you are hoping to fence is. For an electric fence to be effective, it needs to have a have a continuous line. This forms an open circuit that will pulse electricity and shock an animal that touches it. If you are looking to fence a substantial amount of land, it can be difficult to create an unbroken line. You may want to consider using multiple electric fence system for smaller areas, rather than one long one that is likely to be broken. It’s a good idea at this stage to speak to an expert about what’s the best type of system for your property.
Consider where the dedicated power source will come from
You also want to consider how you will power your fence. Electric fences require a dedicated power source, and are usually connected to an outlet. If the area you are trying to fence does not have access to consistent power, then a battery-powered system is a good option. Although you must make sure that the battery is kept charged and functional. Solar is becoming an increasingly popular way to power electric fence systems, and deserves consideration, as well.
There is also the option of running your own power extension to the fence, but this can be logistically difficult in certain situations. Ultimately, it’s up to you how you power your system. The important thing is that the fence has a consistent energy source. Any lapses in power can be extremely problematic for controlling livestock.
Consider what type of animals you are hoping to secure
Lastly, you will want to consider what kind of animals you are hoping to control using the fence. Larger animals may need more shock in order to be controlled. It’s important to make sure you are getting a type of electric fence that will work with the types of livestock you are hoping to contain.
Electric fencing is a fantastic option for those looking for a safe and effective way to control their livestock, horses, cattle or any other species that needs to be contained. As always, it’s important that you have a solid idea of what you need before you buy. If you are uncertain about what kind of fence is right for you, it’s a good idea to speak with an expert.