Sheep are escape artists! For them the grass is always greener on the other side! Sheep with a full fleece are very well insulated, so it is essential to ensure the energizer is powerful enough, taking both thickness of fleece and distance of the fence into account. Please see the information below on electric fencing for sheep.
There are 4 main options for sheep electric fencing and custom kits are also available:
- Mobile Gallagher SmartFence
- 3 Line/Reel System - Strip Grazing Systems for Sheep
- Galvanized Wire on Permanent Stock Fencing
- Electric Netting
Gallagher SmartFence Mobile System
SmartFence is the ideal mobile or temporary fence for sheep. The SmartFence is an all-in-one system of posts, reels and wires. It’s regarded as the perfect replacement of the standard net fence. It can be assembled and dismantled within five minutes. It’s easy to carry and store (use the corresponding SmartFence accessories for that purpose).
The SmartFence consists of four wires and 10 posts, and is 100 metres long. The barrier can be erected in any required line, as the posts can be positioned anywhere, and the wires are adjustable in height. It’s also possible to connect multiple SmartFences. Combined with a Gallagher fence energizer connected to the SmartFence, your animals will remain safe.
3 Reel/Line System - Strip Grazing Systems for Sheep
A 3-reel system is ideal for both 400m plus runs keeping the lines tight, storing the fence lines when not in use and for speeding up fence moves. Start and End of fence are standard for a straight line system. Multi wire treadin plastic posts are generally used throughout these systems, however multi tread-in steel, or 3/8" fiberglass posts with spring clips are available for systems with corners and more complex layouts. Six strand stainless polywire (for use on runs less than 400m) or 9 strand Turbo wire or Turbo Braid (for use on runs 400m or greater) to create secure and effective grazing areas.
To create a controlled pasture management system, you may require both a fence 'in-front of' and 'behind the flock'. Depending on the area to be covered you could either use 2 separate electric fence systems or create a continuous fence line - whichever is the most suitable. Tread-in plastic posts are not sturdy enough for corners so use a 1” fiberglass corner post with post clips or a wooden post with wood post insulators.
Permanent Electric High tensile fencing for sheep
A good current conductor, such as High Tensile power wire, combined with a powerful Gallagher fence energizer, offers you the security you want. The bottom wire of a sheep fence is close to the ground, which means that growing vegetation is quite likely to touch the wire. That's why you need a powerful Gallagher fence energizer, as it will singe the grass once it is touched. As a result, there’ll be plenty of power on your fence. A High Tensile fence, combined with a Gallagher fence energizer, forms the perfect barrier for keeping sheep safely and securely in a field. It will work well for many years to come.
Galvanised Wire On Permanent Existing Stock Fencing
Do you have a non-electric wood, mesh, or barb wire fence you want to fit with an electric wire? Whether you have a wooden or mesh fence, if a solution is required it would be possible to create an extra electric fencing barrier on livestock fencing that is already in place. Offset insulators would be attached to the wooden posts and galvanized wire would be passed through them - this is then electrified by an energizer (either mains or battery)
A simple, effective method for protecting your existing barrier or fence.
Do you want to electrify an existing fence or enclosure? Then use offset insulators:
• Effectively keeps sheep within an existing fence;
• Protect or improve an existing fence;
• Can be used to power portable cross fencing for rotational grazing
Electric Netting is ideal to create pens (perhaps at lambing time) if needed or for straight line fencing for strip grazing. Standard 50m netting comes with built-in posts making it easy to erect and move. Additional nets can easily be added on to create larger pens or longer lengths for strip grazing. Some systems have used up to 10 nets.