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A Complete Guide for Choosing the Right Electric Fence Supplies

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A Complete Guide for Choosing the Right Electric Fence Supplies

Issue Time:2021-09-28
a complete guide for choosing the right electric fence supplies
There are a variety of options and components for electronic fences, the correct choice allows you to build a fence with specific requirements. The following guide will help you choose the most suitable components for your electric fence.

Determine What Type of Fence is Needed

When choosing an electric fencing system, the first thing that you need to determine is whether you are wanting a temporary (portable or fixed), semi-permanent, or permanent fence, or just need to reinforce an existing fence. Temporary electric fences are typically portable systems that are quick and easy to install and dismantle and are used for strip grazing, or for creating temporary fences or paddocks that will be used for up to a year.

Semi-permanent and permanent fences need to be designed to withstand wear and tear by livestock and the elements over a much longer period.

Determine the Length and Height of Your Fence

The size of the area that is being fenced will determine the length of your fence, which will affect the material quantities needed to complete the job.

Electric fencing requirements differ depending on the animals that are being managed. The type of animal that you are wishing to manage will determine:

(1)the required height of your fence

(2)how many strands are needed

(3)Whether to use poly tape or wire conductor

HPS Fence provides electronic fences suitable for all types of animals, including livestock, pigs, horses, sheep/goats, exotic animals, and deer.

Determine The Type and Number of Line Posts Required

The type of line posts you will need for your fence will depend largely on whether it is a temporary, semi-permanent, or permanent fence.

For semi-permanent or permanent fencing, T-posts with wooden corner posts offer a durable long-lasting solution, and for a more sturdy permanent fence, an all-wood post fence offers maximum strength and durability.

The number of line posts will be determined by the length of your fence and the desired post spacing – posts are usually spaced 12-15 feet apart. To calculate the number of line posts required: Perimeter ft./post spacing = number of line posts needed.

Determine the Type and Number of Corner Posts Required

Corner posts bear more tension and strain than line posts and therefore need to be sturdier. Wooden posts are recommended for corner posts, but T-posts can be used as corner posts for temporary electric fences. Determine how many corner posts are needed – you will need a corner post at every corner of the fence, and on either side of a gate opening.

Choose the Type of Conductor Will You Use for Your Fence

The type of conducting wire that you choose will be determined by the type of animal that you wish to manage.

Determine How Many Strands of Wire are Needed

The number of strands you require on your electric fence will depend on the type and size of the animal you are managing. You will also need to take different age classes in the group into consideration (foals, calves, etc).

To calculate the total amount of conducting wire needed: Length of perimeter (feet) x the number of strands required = total feet of wire needed.

Determine the Type and Number of Insulators Required

The type of insulators you require will depend on the type of post and the type of wire that you have selected for your electric fence. The insulator you choose must be compatible with your post type and your conductor wire.

To determine the number of insulators you require: calculate the number of fence posts x the number of strands = the number of insulators needed. To determine the number of corner/end post insulators you require: calculate the number of corner/end posts x the number of wire strands = a number of corner/end post insulators required.

Determine What Type of Energizer Best Meets Your Requirements

Choose a mains-, battery-, or solar-powered electric fence charger according to what is best suited to your application. Battery-powered electric fence chargers are ideal for temporary portable fences and shorter fences in isolated areas where there is no access to mains power.

Solar-powered electric fence chargers offer a maintenance-free alternative. Mains-powered electric fence chargers pack a lot more power and are ideal for permanent electric fencing when mains power is available.

The strength of the charger you require will depend on the length of your fence, and the vegetation/weed growth that is likely to affect the flow of electrical current along your fence.

Select the Type of Gates You Will Use

Choose the type of gate type to use with your electric fencing according to personal preference.

(1) Electrified spring gate – expands to 20′

(2) Electric wire gate with insulating gate handle

(3) Standard rigid metal farm gate with the insulated cable running electric current to another side of the gate

Grounding System Required

A basic one wire grounding system can be used in most circumstances, but in very dry soils that have poor conducting properties, a two-wire system, with extra grounding rods is recommended to ensure adequate grounding and proper functioning of your electric fence.

HPS Fence will provide you with a variety of high-quality electronic fence components, excellent quality, durable, and can meet the diverse needs of users. If you want to learn more about electronic fences after reading the above, you can get a comprehensive solution by contacting us.

As a professional supplier of security protection solutions for small farms and home courtyards, we have accumulated rich design and manufacturing experience in this field. We have a professional production team and strict quality inspection system, and strictly control the quality of each component and detail of the product. At the same time, we are always committed to enabling our fence products to achieve effective nomadic protection to ensure the good labor results of farmers. If you are interested in our electric fence products, please contact us immediately!