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Electric Fencing Supplies, Resources, and How-Tos for Success

This week we’re talking electric fencing – the best invention so far for making grazing management easier and more profitable!

As with everything if you focus on the principles, you’ll have more success:

  • Shoot for a strong perimeter fence with temporary or modest interior fences.
  • Don’t choose the cheapest materials.
  • Train animals to the fence before you put them in.
  • Talk to folks in your area to get good fencing tips. Your Natural Resources Conservation Service and Soil and Water Conservation District staffs can provide guidance and possibly financial assistance. And Cooperative Extension agents are also very knowledgeable and there to help.

I cover these principles in-depth in the free, downloadable ebook, Grazing 101. Just head over here to get your copy.

That last principle about talking to others to get good fencing tips, well we’ve covered some of that for you here by gathering information from Greg Judy. Greg is probably the most well-known grazier around and he spends a lot of time sharing his hard-earned lessons so you don’t have to make the mistakes he did. He has a YouTube Channel where he posts how-to videos, and he offers other learning opportunities as well, including annual May grazing schools. He also wrote articles for On Pasture. I’ve pulled together several of those articles, plus some of his YouTube videos to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about fencing supplies. You’ll also find some good advice from an Oklahoma grazier on how to set up a reliable solar-charging system for your fences.

Fencing season is here. I hope this makes it more enjoyable for you.

Thanks for reading!

Kathy

Let’s start with Greg’s On Pasture articles

Greg Judy Talks Electric Fencing and Gates for Sheep and Cattle

Greg Judy has answers for your fence charger questions!

Now let’s head to Greg’s YouTube Channel for some advice on the best reels and polybraid. (Note that all of these are available from Powerflex Fencing where you can use your one-time 10% discount courtesy of Greg’s Powerflex partnership when you use this link: https://powerflexfence.com/judy10)

Making solar power work

Most of my “Cows Eat Weeds” grazing research was done in very large pastures and I built miles of solar-powered electric fence, so I know that there are tricks to making sure it works. Here’s some of the best advice I’ve read.

Improving the Power and Reliability of the Charge for Your Solar Powered Fencer

Want More?

We have LOTS of fencing articles here.

The Funnies

Do you laugh when someone touches the electric fence? I often do. I really laughed at this one. But it’s ok, because I was laughing with them!

Electric Fence Experiment Has Expected Ending

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Vothhttps://onpasture.com
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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