- A good quality working electric fence is important for the safety of your animal. How often have you put up an electric fence and wondered if it is working properly or you have left the field and comeback later to have found your animals have walked through your neat fence. Here are few tips to help prevent problems.
- About 95 percent of all electric fence problems are due to poor grounding make sure that you have a good earth placed near to the energizer and that it will earth better if the ground is moist. If necessary place extra earth stakes around your fence line which are linked to the first one.
- Check your fence line regularly for breaks in the wire especially in horse tape and ropes has wind flutter can break the wire conductors making the electric fence ineffective. When joining rope, tape or wire together use the proper connectors, tying them together is not the best way. Large diameter, braided electric rope is visible, strong, and durable, and suitable for use as a permanent perimeter fence.
- Don't scrimp on energy by cutting power to your fence line. Maintaining power at all times is mandatory. When an animal receives a good shock, he learns to "respect" the fence and stay away from it helping to keep them safe. Check your fence line with a voltage tester and ensure that your battery is in good condition and holding a good charge.
- Tree branches or brambles and nettle touching the fence will draw power down from the fence and drain the charge in your battery quicker. Regularly trim and cutback back foliage around your fence.
- Store your electric fence in a dry area and tidy when finished. There is nothing worse than when you get to the spring to then have to untangle a bird's nest of fencing rope or tape intertwined with plastic posts.
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