The simple answer for me – It teaches your horses and other livestock to respect your fence. Is not the best place for your horse is away from a fence? If you have an existing wood or barb wire fence you definitely want to prevent your horses from chewing, rubbing or getting caught in the fence. A simple line or two of polywire run off the posts will teach your animals to stay away. Our smaller diameter polywires are great for this application.
Time for new fencing, replacing an existing fence or starting fresh, an electrified system is a great option. Easy to install and setup, it will provide you many years of peace of mind, knowing your animals are safely in their paddocks or pastures.
Let’s start with the heart of the system – the Fence Energizer or Charger. Do not scimp on the energizer. They are not all made equal. How do you know what energizer you need? Do you know the difference between output and stored joules – what is a joule? Simply, a joule is a unit of energy. Joules can be rated as stored joules or output joules. About 80% of energizers tell you stored joules but more important are output joules, the energy going out to your fence. A rule of thumb – for every 1 mile of electric fence line have at least 1 joule of output. Then add a joule for fudge factor (growth on line or possible shorts). When deciding on the correct energizer for your needs determine the total length of line. If running multiply lines multiply the footage of the run by the number of lines. Example: you are installing 2,500 ft. of fencing with 2 lines of electric that would = 5,000 ft. of electric line. This is almost a mile (5,280ft. = 1 mile) of fence line. Based on 1 output joule for every mile plus 1 joule for fudge factor you would require a 2 joule unit.
What makes your energizer put out power – the transformer. The transformer takes in the power from source and transmits to the inner electronics, which then is transmitted to the fence line. Inferior transformers do not pass the test of time resulting in much of the frustration with electric fencing.
At our farm we use a 20 joule Cyclops Energizer. This unit has not missed a beat in over 6 years.
You have choices of electric line – what is important here? The wire that carries the charge and the material base it is extruded, twisted or braided with. Stainless steel strands have proven to outlast copper. Though copper is a good conductor it corrodes and develops hot spots when exposed to the elements. Some other products use only metal filaments that more easily rust and break.
For polywires and braids a pure poly base material provides the best longevity. Our Maxi Grunt electric line has 9 strands of stainless steel and is woven in a pure polyethylene base approx. ¼” diameter. Made in the USA – Maxi Grunt is our best seller for permanent electric fencing. It provides an excellent site line and is very cost effective at just $ 49.00 for a 660 ft. roll.
Using electric fencing also lets you space your line posts further apart. Our rule of thumb is up to 16 ft. spacing. We do not like to see further spacing (some say up to 50 ft.) because posts give the line a plain to run on. Spaced too far apart the line sags. And posts are a part of the site line for your fence. Click here to see our step by step installation instructions.