November 19, 2018

Grounding system for an Electric Fence Charger / Energizer

Electric Fencing 101: Grounding

 

“Why are my animals pushing my electric fence? It was working fine in the spring, and the energizer is still clicking.”

 

Morgan Renner, Wyoming and Montana Territory Manager for Gallagher, one of the largest electric fencing companies in the world, says this may be the most common question he hears. The problem can usually be solved by checking the most overlooked component of electric fencing: how the system is grounded.

 

He tells his students at the many hands-on clinics he conducts throughout the west, “There are three things to remember about your electric fence: (1) Grounding, (2) Grounding and (3) Grounding!”

 

Morgan Explains

 

All energizers provide a pulse of energy that originates from their ‘hot’ terminal then travels down the fence line on a charged or ‘hot’ wire. Most users understand this aspect of electric fencing.  It’s fairly obvious that the hot wires can’t be touching a steel post or laying on the soil surface.  What’s not so obvious is that in the instant when an animal comes into contact with that charged wire, its body contains that energy but is not shocked… yet!  

 

In order to provide a shock and thus the respect for the fence, the energy must travel out of the animal’s feet, through the soil, into the energizer’s ground rods, then into the energizer’s ground terminal.  At that point, the circuit has been completed, and the animal receives the shock.  What I have described is an “all-hot” electric fence, shown below:

November 14, 2018

Using Temporary Electric Fencing / PolyWire Splicing Trick

Using temporary fencing is a major tool when it comes to rotational grazing. In this video, I take a few minutes to explain some of the basics equipment I use daily for intensive grazing. I also show how I splice poly wire once it's been cut.

 

November 01, 2018

Gallagher Electric Fence Grazing wire wheel . Easy way to set up a fence

Gallagher Electric Fence Reel | The easy way to roll up poly wire fence in grazing paddocks. Electric Windup System for temporary electric fencing, strip grazing or cell grazing. www.fenceboss.com.au www.munroeng.com

October 31, 2018

Valley Farm Supply is one of the largest Gallagher dealers in the U.S.A.

Valley Farm Supply is a family operated business located in Lancaster County, PA, It was established in 2004 as a source for quality fencing supplies for modern farmers and ranchers and part time animal agricultural enthusiasts.  Valley Farm Supply specializes in Gallagher Electric Fencing products that include Energizers, Cattle scales, Rotational grazing supplies, and Livestock watering systems.

Valley Farm Supply is one of the largest Gallagher dealers in the U.S.A. and that means they can pass along savings to you. Valley Farm Supply has reliable, high quality products and services with the best prices on electric fencing and livestock supplies around. They offer the best selection of rotational grazing supplies with a huge inventory and competitive price matching.

 

Visit their online store at www.gallagherelectricfencing.comfor the best electric fence chargers, solar fence chargers. battery fence chargers, cattle scales, cattle waterers, fence wire, sheep and poultry netting, fence insulators, fence hardware, polywire, polytape, wildlife fence, horse fence, gates, electric fence tools, strainers, polyrope, reels, fence testers, grounding parts, and other fencing materials.

Valley Farm Supply offers Free Shipping on Gallagher energizers and most items. Chose them for easy online ordering and superior product knowledge. Please ask if they can supply your farm or ranch with the things you need to be successful. 

Contact:

Valley Farm Supply

P.O. Box 198

New Providence, PA 17560

Valleyfarmsupply@aol.com

www.gallagherelectricfencing.com

 

October 30, 2018

Hooking up poly wire to an electric fence

October 03, 2018

Electric Fence wires with different voltages | Troubleshoot and fix the problem

Issue: Voltmeter reading on one wire is higher than on another wire, or there is no reading from one live wire to ground-return or soil

 

1. Probable Cause: Broken or disconnected fence

wire, jumper wire or ground wire

Solution: Connect or repair wire; remove

cause of short; replace jumper connection

2. Probable Cause: Broken or faulty insulators

Solution: Replace faulty insulators

3. Probable Cause: Ground connection rod deteriorated

Solution: Replace ground connection rod

October 03, 2018

Pasture Grants for animal agriculture projects | Gallagher electric fence

FACT’s 2018 Fund-a-Farmer Grants

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) provides grants of up to $2,500 to individual farmers ($5,000 for joint applications) for projects that improve the welfare of their farm animals or build capacity of their operations. This year FACT will offer three types of grants: 

Does your project help you meet a specific standard for Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane or Global Animal Partnership (steps 4-5) certification?

> Apply for an Animal Welfare Certification Grant

Are you already certified by AWA, CH or GAP but need funding to build your farm's capacity or marketing of your animal welfare-certified products?

> Apply for a Capacity-Building Grant (funding for individual and joint projects)

Does your project help you transition to a pasture-based system, improve the quality of your pasture, and/or expand your animals’ access to well-managed pasture? 

> Apply for a Pasture Improvement Grant

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Before you apply, please review the eligibility requirements on each page above. You may also wish to join our Grant Info Session Webinar on October 24.

To apply, complete an online application with information about your farm, proposed project, and project budget. If you are applying for Certification or Pasture Grant, you will also be asked to upload three color photographs that accurately depict the current state of your operation, including at least one of the animals the proposed project will benefit. If you are applying for a Capacity Building Grant on behalf of multiple farms, each partner farm must complete a Capacity Building Grant Collaborator Form. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm CST on November 28, 2018.

Only one application per farm will be accepted. This means that farmers should choose one grant category and may only submit one application total. Grants will be awarded in January or February 2019. Please contact Larissa McKenna, FACT’s Humane Farming Program Director, at grants@foodanimalconcerns.org or at (773) 525-4952 with questions after reviewing the guidelines. Funding for FACT’s Animal Welfare Certification and Capacity-Building Grants has been made possible by generous support from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

HOW WILL GRANT DECISIONS BE MADE?

FACT relies on a panel of expert humane livestock farmers to review eligible applications. All personal and contact information is redacted from the application to ensure that the final review process is anonymous.

Eligible applications will be scored on the following factors:

  • How well the proposed project would help the farm improve animal welfare;

  • How well the proposed project is designed and if it would help the farm reach the intended goal (increasing access to or improving pasture, achieving certification, building capacity);

  • If there is sufficient expertise to complete the project;

  • If the timeline and proposed steps are achievable; and

  • If the budget is reasonable and related to the project.

In general, while the number of animals that will benefit from a proposed project is not a stand-alone factor, it may be taken into consideration when scoring comparable projects.

If you have additional questions regarding the grant requirements or application, please contact us at grants@foodanimalconcerns.org. We look forward to receiving your application!

October 02, 2018

Cattle scales and what you need to know about Livestock weighing

When most people think of livestock scales they think of cattle scales. However, these scales, depending on their design and features, are also used in other types of livestock farming. Hogs, horses and even goats are commonly weighed on livestock scales both at farms as well as in other areas.

There are a few considerations to keep in mind when considering livestock scales for small or large farms. Since these are an investment, it is a good idea to take your time and look at the various brands, models and designs and consider how they will work with your current livestock handling system and setup.

Stationary or Portable

Depending on your individual need and operation the decision to utilize portable or stationary livestock scales is important.  The need to weigh the individual animals or a group of animals can greatly determine what type of scale system is needed for the farming operation.

Portable Livestock scales options are available for alley weigh and squeeze chutes.  These allow the operator the flexibility of quickly setting up a weighing location around the livestock operation.  Converting your squeeze chute into a livestock scale system is easily done by mounting load cells under the squeeze chute.   Setting up an alley way by placing a light weight portable platform scale inside the alley way makes it easy to capture the weight of an animal without the hassle of relocating them just to achieve weight records.  These portable livestock scales can be utilized on level unimproved surfaces such as gravel.

Stationary livestock scales allow for capturing a group weight of animals.  A stationary livestock scale may also include a customized platform with gates to contain the group of animals, allowing the farmer to corral the group of animals and record an average daily weight gain.  Typically stationary livestock scales are mounted on concrete footings on a level surface.

Getting Information from Livestock Scales

The technology in livestock scales, today, allows these devices to be much more than just weighing equipment. Different models and different brands will offer time and data entry saving options when it comes to recording, tracking and storing information on the animals for production monitoring.

The more advanced types of livestock scales are compatible with herd management software to automatically keep all your records up to date. In addition, some of these models also allow for integration of EID readers, ensuring the special animal is identified by the scale and the data entered in a fully automatic way without the need for the operator to manually select the animal identification through lists in spreadsheets or software packages.

The more technology integrated in livestock scales allows for quick capturing of data during high volume operations.  The ability to capture that data within 5 seconds as compared to 15 seconds can make the difference of a normal day of running livestock over a scale to an extended long day.  For example running 1000 head of cattle over a livestock chute scale with a difference of 10 seconds per animal can save the farmer nearly three hours of labor in one day.

September 29, 2018

Tips for installing gates when using electric fence

Gate hanging tips

Following recommended gate hanging procedures ensures your gate is stock proof, easy to open and shut, and looks good on the farm.

There is more than one way to hang a gate and most farmers and contractors have their own particular method and reasons.  Because of this, Gallagher interviewed farmers and contractors and used the information from this research to formulate a recommended gate hanging procedure – the idea being to "do it once, do it right".

Good gate installation is important and using well-designed, quality gate hardware can make a significant difference in the life and functionality. Gallagher gate hangers are designed to remain secure in the post for long periods of time, which ensures the gate remains upright and swings freely.

September 25, 2018

No Voltage on Electric Fence | How to fix it

Problem: No voltmeter readings at several locations on fence

 

A. Probable Cause: Broken or disconnected fence

wire, jumper wire or ground wire

Solution: Connect or repair wire; remove

cause of short; replace jumper connection

B. Probable Cause: Broken or faulty insulators

Solution: Replace faulty insulators

C. Probable Cause: Ground connection rod deteriorated

Solution: Replace ground connection rod