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Fixing Seasonal Electric Fencing Problems

It seems like every August I begin having animal escapes.  Changes in forage, changes in soil moisture, and wear and tear combine to put stress on the fence that was doing its job so well earlier in the season.  Sometimes there’s less forage, and animals decide they have a better idea for where to look for food.  Sometimes plants have grown up and are touching the fence, reducing it’s charge.  And if it’s been particularly dry, I no longer have a good enough ground to actually convince animals that they don’t want to go through the fence.  Then there’s always the possibility of equipment failure.

I know I’m not alone in this, so for all of you out there suffering with similar issues, here are a couple of great, short videos from McGregor Fence Company to help you troubleshoot your problems and then fix them.

Here’s how to find out what’s wrong with your fence:

And the link for tablet users.

In many cases the problem is inadequate grounding. Here are some ideas how to fix that problem:

With the link for you tablet folks.

Want to learn more?

Click on over to the McGregor Fence Youtube channel to see their whole video series.

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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