March 30, 2017

How does electric fence work?

Electric fence is a psychological barrier that keeps animals in and wild animals and predators out. A pulse of electric current is sent along the fence wire, about one pulse per second, from an energizer which is grounded. When the animal touches the fence, it completes the circuit between the fence and the ground and receives a short, sharp but safe shock. The shock is sufficiently memorable that the animal never forgets.

Because it is a psychological barrier, it does not require great physical strength. However, it must be well designed and constructed to absorb some pressure from animals, snow and wind. The energizer must have enough power for the length of the fence and for the animals being controlled.

Advantages of electric fence

•Affordable: Electric fence is 50% less expensive to build and maintain than barbed wire, according to the 2005 study by Iowa State University on estimated costs for livestock fencing.

•Easily constructed

•Low maintenance

•Lightweight and portable

•Durable – due to low physical contact

•Easily modified or expanded

•Keeps animals in and predators out

Getting Started

To choose the right Gallagher products for your project determine:

•What animals do you want to keep in or keep out?

◦See Gallagher Energizer Chart

•How many miles or acres of fence will you build?

◦See Gallagher Energizer Chart

◦Use the Fence Calculator to determine the components you’ll need

•What power source will you use?

◦Gallagher has 110 Volt, battery or solar powered energizers

•Do you need a Permanent, Portable or Offset fence?

◦Permanent fence

◦Portable fence

◦Offset fence

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