Fladry Fencing Can Protect Cattle From Wolves

Montana Rancher John Hanson went from total skeptic to believer after seeing how electrified fladry fencing successfully protected his calving grounds from wolves. He couldn't believe that a hotwire with flags attached could do any good. But seeing is believing. Before the fencing, he'd lost 10% of his calves to wolves. After fencing, not one was harmed, even though trail cameras showed that wolves were visiting the area weekly. "We had them all the way around the perimeter," says Hanson in the video below. Bryce Andrews of People and Carnivores, who helped Hanson with the fencing project, says that finding that there was never a wolf inside the pasture and never losing a calf, "to me that's a pretty profound argument that this tool works in this particular situation." Hanson says, "It's helped in more than just dead calves. It's helped us in the way the cows behave." Five years ago the cows were on the fight and went after dogs. But now Hanson and his wife can sort them off in 20 minutes. That's the kind of result that People and Carnivores is working toward. Says Bryce Andrews, "We want to be in that role of being able to help people become more empowered on t

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3 thoughts on “Fladry Fencing Can Protect Cattle From Wolves

  1. Are there any specs available for the homemade portable solar powered fence charger that puts out over 10kV that’s shown in the video? Looks like it may be an AC fence charger powered by an inverter and 12V car battery and recharged with a fairly good sized solar panel.

  2. I didn’t lose any calves in the field where he put up fladry on my ranch. But as he admits, it’s only valuable for small fields for a short time.

    We use the “Montana calving system”: Unlike the “Sandhills” system, we have only one small calving field near the house and the calving shed – but move cows in as they become heavy, and out as the calves are old enough to travel. Thus, we have no mud and no sickness.

    So even IF the fladry had kept the wolves out out of the newest calves, the week-old calves were in another, unprotected field. And so the wolves killed two of my replacement heifers instead.

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