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How To Anchor Temporary Fences

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WyomingGrazingSchoolsquareEditors’ Note: Awhile back Jim wrote an article on why he prefers managing his cattle with electric fencing. One of his reasons was that it just makes him happy. And maybe he’s happy because he uses good equipment and he’s figured out how to make the best use of it. So here’s some suggestions he has for how you can be a happy fencer too.

There was a conversation on one of the other grazing forums about anchoring temporary fences in the absence of any permanent fences. I thought I would share some of the methods we use here in Idaho.

Powerflex reels

This is a PowerFlex Power Post Reel Standard. It will accommodate up to three reels on the front brackets, but I have found other ways to use other reels. These are not cheap, but very handy when you need to create an end or corner in the wide open spaces.

Brackets Holding Reels

The brackets will handle O’Brien, Taragate, the old PowerFlex, Stafix, or Gallagher reels. There are three of these brackets. There is also a loop on the backside of the post that will accommodate a reel running the opposite direction or off to the side.

PowerflexTwinHookReel

This is a PowerFlex twin-hook reel that I have hung vertically on the standard. The two hooks fit perfectly around the hammer part of the PowerPost. By the way, note the top part of the post is a smaller size tube than the lower part. The body of the PowerPost is a slide hammer for driving the base spike into the ground.

Kencove Minireels

For smaller jobs, I use Kencove mini-reels. While these will hold about 600 ft of light polywire, I use them with 220 ft of polytape. Ian Gerrish uses them more frequently than I do and he will use them with several hundred ft of polywire.

Pigtail post supports reel

We use a pigtail post to provide more rigidity to support the reel. You can do this with polywire just as well as the tape I am using here. If you look down the length of the pigtail, you can see there is a slight flex in it. That gives the fence a little bit of springiness to accommodate the deer traffic.

Anchoring Fence End

I’ve found that if I try to just hook a gate handle to a polytape, I get poor conductivity. Here is how I anchor the other end of the fence. I use a pigtail once again to add stability. The cross fence has two wraps around the corridor fence to ensure good contact. The other white post to the left of the corridor fence allows me to tension the cross fence.

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Jim Gerrish is the author of "Management-Intensive Grazing: The Grassroots of Grass Farming" and "Kick the Hay Habit: A Practical Guide to Year-around Grazing" and is a popular speaker at conferences around the world. His company, American GrazingLands Services LLC is dedicated to improving the health and sustainable productivity of grazing lands around the world through the use of Management-intensive Grazing practices. They work with small farms, large ranches, government agencies and NGO's to promote economically and environmentally sustainable grazing operations and believe healthy farms and ranches are the basis of healthy communities and healthy consumers. Visit their website to find out more about their consulting services and grazing management tools, including electric fencing, stock water systems, forage seed, and other management tools.

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