Why choose Electric Fencing?
Electric Fencing is used for a whole host of reasons by many land owners around the world. There are many options nowadays to meet the needs of farmers, smallholders and domestic properties including electric fencing, wood fencing, barbed wire, smooth wire, high tensile wire as well as for walls and hedges. The main reason why fences or boundaries are constructed is to keep animals in or out of a perimeter, but why choose electric fencing over other options that are available?
Historically speaking ...
Throughout history of animal and land management the fence has become increasingly prominent; traditionally fences were built from stones in the form of dry stone walls. These walls are durable and very strong, so it is difficult for animals to escape as long as they are built tall enough. However they are usually permanent and tend to take a long time to build, they serve a purpose but are not always feasible for all fencing needs.
In the past wood has been used for fencing, wood tends not to last as long as other materials as it can rot over time especially in areas that suffer wet weather conditions. This means that it needs to be replaced periodically, wooden posts are still used today in relation to wire fencing; the posts are now treated with chemicals to prevent rotting.
Barbed wire has become a popular option over the past two hundred years; it is usually used by farmers to prevent cattle from reaching over a fence or to stop sheep from escaping underneath a fence as the barbs are sharp they deter the animal. It is advised that barbed wire is not used when building a fence for horses however, as there is very high risk of injury occurring because horses are fast moving animals with thinner skin.
Which type of Electric Fencing should I use?
Electric fencing is safer than barbed wire as a method of keeping horses in an area, there is no risk of causing your horse harm such as the lacerations that barbed wire can cause. The construction of electric fences can also be much cheaper and faster than a conventional fence which is highly beneficial.
Electric fencing is also very durable as it does not have to withstand the pressures put on it by animals, other fences do endure pressure as animals typically rub against them; they are unlikely to stay close to an electrified fence upon feeling the electric shock. Moreover, animals rubbing against fences can also cause them to become slack over time, meaning that they require additional maintenance.
Electric Fencing is a much cheaper option than most types of fencing and it is far more flexible as well as quick to install. Electric Netting can be used as temporary portable fencing for chickens, sheep or goats.
Electric Fence Tape or Poly-rope would normally be used for horses either with tread in plastic fence posts or attached to wooden post and rail fencing with special insulators.
Plastic polywire is very flexible and easy to use so is recommended for shorter temporary fences e.g. for strip grazing cattle or for garden fences. Galvanised wire or high tensile wire would be the best option for longer more permanent stock fencing to contain cattle, pigs or other farm animals.