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Solving Seasonal Electric Fence Problems

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A season of managed grazing can be hard on your fences and changes in vegetation and soil moisture take their toll. Here are some suggestions for figuring out what’s wrong and fixing it.

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This comes to us from August 2014.

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:

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

Want to learn more?

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


natglc-logo-1Thanks to the National Grazing Lands Coalition for making this article possible. Click on over to see the great work they do for all of us. Thank them for supporting On Pasture by liking their facebook page.


The National Grazing Lands Conference is scheduled for December 2 – 5, 2018 in Reno, Nevada. It’s one of the best conferences we’ve been to, so you’ll want to be there!


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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

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