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Electric Fencing for Cattle

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Electric fencing for cattle and dairy cows is a safe, economical and long lasting alternative to non-electric and dangerous barbed wire fencing.

FenceFast offer a full range of electric fence options for cattle. Select from permanent (high tensile) or portable fence systems or an offset fence which allows electrification of existing fences.

Permanent High Tensile electric fencing for cattle

Permanent high tensile wire systems create long life, permanent electric fences. They are easy to install and operate and provide highly effective animal control that lasts a lifetime.

A High Tensile power wire fence offers plenty of advantages. For a safe, permanent, dairy cattle barrier, a two-wire system will suffice. For beef cattle with calves, a three-wire system is the right solution. We recommend a distance between posts of 15 metres in each case.

Our advice:

  • Want a professional permanent enclosure for cattle farming? Then use High Tensile
  • Larger distance between posts of 15 metres, up to a maximum of 20 metres, is possible with a two-wire system;
  • Can be stretched and maintained tightly with tensioners and tension springs
  • Use tension springs to deal with temperature fluctuations (shrinkage and expansion), as well provide additional fence flexibility for wildlife impacts, and heavy snow loads.
  • Most durable and longest lasting type of electric fencing system, with low maintenance, minimal animal contact this system is extremely hard-wearing.

What do you need for a Permanent high tensile electric wire fence for cattle?

Permanent fences use highly conductive, corrosion resistant fence wire; wood, steel, fiberglass or composite posts and high strength components to keep a fence looking good and working effectively.

Permanent Electric Fence Components:
Joint Clamps 
Securely connects the high tensile wire in a secure electrical connection.
Insulated Wire Strainer 
The Insulated Wire Strainer combines an end strain insulator and strainer. Simply tie onto the end post and wind the fence wire onto the spool.
End Strain Insulator
Connects to the other end of the fence to provide long term end strain insulation.
Post Insulator
All Gallagher insulators are heavy duty and high strength and are designed for the highest voltage, high tensile fences. Insulators attach high tensile wire to the fence posts and the type selected will depend on what the posts are made of i.e. wood, steel or concrete.
Electric Gate Kits 
An easy to set up, pre-assembled electrified gate options
High Conductive Cable 
This highly conductive cable carries the power from the energizer to the middle of the fence system.

Permanent Electric High Tensile power wire fence utilizing Gallagher Insulated Line-Posts with  

  1. Fence Energizer  system with grounding. good rule of thumb is 1 joule of energizer output for every 1600m (1 mile) of fence. For grounding recommended one ground rod per every 3 joule energizer output, note these may vary depending on ground type conditions. 
  2. Gallagher High Tensile Powerwire
  3. Choose from our selection of Gate Kits 
  4. Brace Anchor Posts each end 
  5. Line Post Options:
    1. Insulated line posts, plus Line Post Clips 
    2. 1" Fiberglass Posts use Fiberglass Post clips to secure wire to posts
    3. Wood Posts with wood post insulator
    4. Steel T-Post with Lock Jawz, T-Post Insulators
  6. Heavy Duty Tension Spring (optional)
  7. End Insulated Wire Strainer Kit required at one end
  8. Tensioning strainer required at opposite end (9) wire strainer or at both ends if desired options are:
    1. High Strain Insulator Kit 
    2. Insulated Strainer 
  9. Under Gate/Lead Out Cable recommend to connect fence under gates, lead out from energizer to fence, energizer to ground rod connections. 
    1. Heavy Duty Leadout Cable for use on fences less than 1000m
    2. HIgh Conductive Cable for use of larger multi wire fences, being 3x more conductive than standard Heavy duty cable.

Fence Configurations - Cattle

A Gallagher high-tensile fence offers plenty of advantage. For a safe, permanent barrier a 2-wire system will suffice. For beef cattle with calves, a 3-wire system is the best solution. See other cattle electric fencing configurations below to select the system that is right for you.


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Permanent Cattle 1-Wire Cross Fence Specs:​

# of Wires: 1
Fence Height: 30"
Line Post:

Gallagher line posts, Steel T-Post with Lock jawz, Fiberglass rod, wood posts

Spacing: 35-50'
Bracing:

Lock Jawz Brace or Large Driven Wood Post 8ft x 6-8" diameter

Wire Type: Hi-Tensile
Polarity: Hot
Polarity: Medium Tension, Tight Wire No Visible Sag (150 lbs)
Applications:

Cross fence for stocker/yearlings, mature cattle

Permanent Cattle 2-Wire Cross Fence Specs:​

# of Wires: 2
Fence Height: 32". Wire Spacing (20", 32")
Line Post:
Gallagher line posts, Steel T-Post with Lock jawz, Fiberglass rod, wood posts
Spacing: 50'- 65'
Bracing:
Lock Jawz Brace or Large Driven Wood Post 8ft x 6-8" diameter
Wire Type: Hi-Tensile
Polarity: All Hot or Hot/Ground
Polarity: Medium Tension, Tight Wire No Visible Sag (150 lbs)
Applications: Cross fence for stocker/yearlings, mature cattle, larger calves​

 

Permanent Cattle 3-Wire Cross Fence Specs:​

# of Wires: 3
Fence Height: 42". Wire Spacing (18", 28", 38")
Line Post: Gallagher line posts, Steel T-Post with Lock jawz, Fiberglass rod, wood posts
Spacing: 60' - 90' with line stays, 30'-50' without stays
Line Stay: Fiberglass Rod Post
Spacing: 20' - 30'
Bracing: Lock Jawz Brace or Large Driven Wood Post 8ft x 6-8" diameter
Wire Type: Hi-Tensile
Polarity: All Hot or Hot/Ground
Polarity: Medium Tension, Tight Wire No Visible Sag (150 lbs)
Applications: ​Cross fence for stocker/yearlings and cow/calf

 

Permanent Cattle 5-Wire Boundary Fence Specs:​

# of Wires: 5
Fence Height: 48". Wire spacing (8", 18", 28", 38", 48")
Line Post:
Gallagher line posts, Steel T-Post with Lock jawz, Fiberglass rod, wood posts
Spacing: 60' - 90'
Line Stay: 48" Fiberglass Rod dropper
Spacing: 20' - 30'
Bracing:
H-Brace, Lock Jawz Brace
Wire Type: Hi-Tensile
Polarity: All Hot or Hot/Ground
Polarity: Medium Tension, Tight Wire No Visible Sag (150 lbs)
Applications: Boundary fence for stocker/yearlings, dairy, tall mature cattle, cow/calf​

 

Permanent Cattle 5-Wire Feedlot Fence Specs:​

# of Wires: 5
Fence Height: 50"
Line Post: Gallagher line posts, Steel T-Post with Lock jawz, Fiberglass rod, wood posts
Spacing: 20'
Bracing: H-Brace, Lock Jawz Brace
Wire Type: Hi-Tensile
Polarity: Hot/Ground
Polarity: Medium Tension, Tight Wire No Visible Sag (150 lbs)
Applications: Boundary fence for feedlots​

We will be happy to give you tailor-made advice for this solution.

Retrofit Offset Electric Fence Systems for Cattle:

 

Retrofit /offset electric fencing is an economical and easy to install option if you have an existing or new conventional, non-electric fence that you want to protect, for example, mesh, wood, or barb wire? Then use the  offset insulators.

A quick and effective way to electrify an existing fence.

Our advice

  • Effectively keep cattle within an existing fence;
  • Protects an existing fence;
  • Can be used with power wire, tape, cord or plastic wire;
  • For the electrification of:
    • Wooden fences
    • Mesh fences
    • Barbed wire

Offset brackets are fitted to the fence with an electrified wire (or wires) on one or both sides of the fence. The wire discourages animals from biting or rubbing against the fence, thereby extending its life.
A variety of offsets are available to attach to wood post or steel post fences, or to mount directly onto the wires of an existing conventional fence.

Retrofit Offset Electric Fence Components:

Joint Clamps 
Securely connects the high tensile wire in a secure electrical connection.
B, C End Strain Insulator 
Connects to the other end of the fence to provide long term end strain insulation.
D Offsets
Offsets protect existing fences and reduce fence damage – the type of offset selected will depend on what the fence posts are made of i.e. wood, steel, concrete. There is also an option to attach an offset directly to the fence wire.
Electric Gate 
An easy to set up, pre-assembled electrified gate option – ideal for on/ off gateways.
High Conductive Cable 
This highly conductive cable carries the power from the energizer to the middle of the fence system.

Portable electric Fence for Cattle

A portable electric fencing is ideal as a temporary, or easy-to-move, enclosure. Extremely suitable for dividing fields into multiple paddocks. It’s also ideal for rationed grazing, allowing you to get the maximum yield from your grass. The best-known system consists of lightweight portable posts and poly wire. This makes it easy to attach the wire to the post, and the wire will remain in the holder. Perfect for a portable fencing. The fence can be put up and/or taken down in one single pass.

We recommend our unique strip-grazing system. This system consists of fence tumblewheels, giving you a very easy way to move dairy cattle onto the next strip of fresh grass. The fence tumblewheels roll along the land like a tumble weed, giving the cattle a fresh strip of grass every day. This, in turn, ensures your land is grazed optimally.

A portable electric fence can be powered by any Solar Energizer or simply connected to a permanent electric fence supplied by a Mains 110V or Multi Powered Energizer. As portable fencing is so easy to move and set up it’s a versatile solution for fencing any type of animal, even on the most remote area of your farm.


Portable Electric Fence Components:
Portable Fencing Posts
Ring Top or Pigtail posts are a popular option for dairy and cattle portable fencing. Multiwire treadins come with the option to secure wire at different heights so they can be used for all other animals.
Reels 
Reels hold the tape, braid or wire for the portable fence. You can use just one reel for single line fences or up to four reels, attached to a reel stand, for multi wire fences.
Tapes, Wires and Braids
Tapes, wires or braid are used on portable fences rather than the galvanised wire used on permanent fences. Gallagher conductors are ideal for portable electric fences as they are light, visible and easy to wind.
Lead Connector 
Power Connectors are leads that connect a portable fence to an existing permanent electric fence.

Our advice

  • Choose from a selection of portable posts for a portable cattle fence:
  • For a portable cattle fencing the Ringtop post is a favorite
  • Recommend maximum distance between posts of 8 metres.
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