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Great Fence: Electrified High-Tensile Woven Wire

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Rebekah Perry sent us this piece on her experience with electric fencing. We’d love to hear from you about your own experience as well!

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Rebekah’s heifers in their pasture. How is it that flocks and herds can grow so fast? Ten ewes
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Rebekah Perry farms with her husband Neal at their diversified farm in Brownington, VT. They raise grassfed beef, lamb & freerange broilers using horse power for much of the haying and manure spreading. See more at www.nealperryfarm.com.

8 Comments

  1. Alan C. Bonds says:

    I notice that most farms choose electric fence over the other types of fence. I guess it’s safer to and more secure to use this kind of fence. I just wonder if they are more expensive compared to the other types of fences available in the market?

    • Rebekah Perry says:

      Hi Alan,
      There is a huge variety of fence styles & types to choose from in the electric fence category and probably more in the non-electric category. This means a huge variety of prices ranges as well. Generally speaking, if animals are trained to electric fence it is less expensive for an equal rate of effectiveness.

      For example, one single strand of electric fence costs less to install than a single wood rail, and is also more effective. That said, I don’t recommend a single strand to keep anything in – or out.

      We found this fence to be very effective in containing both animals and cost. Hope this helps.

      -Bekah

  2. Steve Freeman says:

    We’ve installed miles of high tensile woven wire and really like it for perimeter fences. Though we don’t raise sheep anymore we’ve found it to be great for keeping newborn calves from jumping through the fence as they sometimes do when they hit electrified multi-wire single strand fencing. Once we learned a few easier techniques for rolling it out and tensioning the wire it became a breeze to install. I wrote some installation tips for our Blog [yes, this is self promotion] on the PasturePro website http://www.pasturepro.com/blog/2010/04/stretching-high-tensile-woven-wire/

    Some areas where we found high-tensile woven wire not to be as good a choice as multi-wire single strand high-tensile wire:

    Working corrals–we use multi-wire single strand fencing for some of our holding pens. Have always worked well even when non-electrified. When bulls get to fighting and one of them gets tossed through the fence it caused no trouble other than tightening up a few wires. With the high- tensile woven wire it stretched and broke the vertical wire when this happened and the entire section needed to be cut out and replaced. So we don’t use it in tight areas where there might be heavy animal pressure.

    Large acreage and heavy grass loads–LIke Rebekah we have switches for every section of the woven wire so we can turn on or off acreage with HT woven wire. Even with a 36 joule charger we found we couldn’t keep the voltage high enough except in smaller areas (10-20 acres). Unlike multi-strand single wire fencing where you can turn off the bottom wires during heavy load periods, woven wire is all on or all off- and there is a lot of wire to electrify in woven wire. However, I think un-electrified it will keep most sheep in–electrifying the woven wire is most important for keeping predators out. And like Rebekah we run a single strand of wire above the woven wire and keep it hot at all times.

    All in all a very nice product and light years ahead of the old field fence [woven wire] of the past.

  3. Debbie says:

    I’d be interested to hear about the NRCS money… what category of funding is it available under. We were told there was no money for fencing, especially perimeter fencing. Thanks!

    • Rebekah Perry says:

      I don’t know the details and I think that NRCS options vary by state, maybe even by region? I know that much of this contract is excluding animals from areas for various reasons: wetlands, sugarbush, roads, etc.

    • Bruce Howlett says:

      There is some disagreement among and within states as to whether NRCS pay for perimeter fence for a pasture system. A fence used to keep livestock from surface waters should be approved in most places. In some states, depending on the scoring system used to decide how to allocate EQIP funds, a pasture improvement project might not rank high and so may not receive much attention from over-worked NRCS staff. Ask at your local office to find out which way the political winds are blowing in your area.

      Note also that in the Northeast, the NRCS payment rate for fence is based on less-expensive states. Contractors in southern New England charge $7-8/ft for woven wire and $6-7/ft for high-tensile smooth wire fences – 3-4X the payment rate from NRCS. If you build the fence yourself the calculations will differ, but make sure you look closely at and follow the specifications – an NRCS-grade fence can be remarkably expensive.

      Bruce

  4. Rebekah Perry says:

    Prices are subject to change, I’m sure, but we found it to be very economical. A 330′ roll is $133 plus delivery.

  5. Susan Hayes says:

    What a great article! Thanks so much for sharing this fencing idea with readers. Can you tell me more about pricing? Thanks!

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