February 29, 2016

Why Bother With Fences and Management-intensive Grazing?

Fencing is a big part of Management-intensive grazing. And that’s one of the reasons many of us avoid it. But here Jim explains why it really isn’t that bad, and could make you happier too.

January 11, 2016

How Long Does It Take to Feed 400 Cows in the Winter?

Using a well designed grazing cell & the right portable fence tools, I can generally feed the herd in about 25-30 minutes even with the ground frozen. No expensive machinery, No diesel fuel, No engines to start. Here I am with 400-some cows looking for breakfast on a beautiful crisp winter morning in the Pahsimeroi. […]

July 20, 2015

Fencing How-Tos and Tips

When I started using electric fence back in 1997, I knew so little that I wasn’t even sure which questions to ask. I remember spending a lot of time on the phone with a Kencove salesman asking questions, not understanding his answers, ordering things anyway just to see if looking at them would help me make sense […]

July 13, 2015

One Farmer’s Method for Setting Up Temporary Fencing

Every farmer and rancher has his or her own method for setting up fences and moving cattle. I’ve learned a lot about how to make my life easier by watching someone else do their work, and then adapting it to my own needs.  With that in mind, I thought you’d all enjoy this video from […]

May 25, 2015

Is Your Multi-Wire Fence Too Much For Your Charger?

I’ve been asked a handful of times, “Is my multi wire set up too much stress for my fence charger?” Some manufactures rate their chargers in total linear length of wire, and some rate in single/multi wire, so it can be hard to figure out. So let’s look at an example: Let’s say you bought a […]

May 4, 2015

Is a Fault-Finding Fence Tester Worth the Money?

Have you asked yourself “Should I get a  regular digital fence tester or the fault finding type? Is the fault finding ability a gimmick or is it worth the extra money?” The answer is yes, you should buy one, and if you do, here’s how to use it.

April 27, 2015

Inexpensive Electric Fencing Solutions – Courtesy of Nicaragua

If you can’t buy fencing supplies, maybe you can make do with what’s laying around the farm. Maybe some of these solutions will get you to thinking about your own fencing supplies.

April 20, 2015

17 Mistakes to Avoid With Electric Fencing

Wayne wrote this article back in 1998, and even though some of the technology has changed, the mistakes we make haven’t. While this is geared toward high tensile fences, most of the tips will serve you just as well for your temporary, polywire fences.

October 20, 2014

How to Set Up Paddocks For Managed Grazing

Managed grazing means gaining more control of your grazing. When we built our first grazing system 25 years ago, portable fencing using reels and polywire were not part of the equation. Not that there wasn’t polywire and reels, just that I didn’t see how they could work!  Every time we wanted to gain more control over […]

October 13, 2014

One Wire Electric Fences Make Managing and Teaching Calves Easy

As you’re thinking about next year’s grazing season, here’s a fencing technique to work into your system. Easy for you, easy for your calves!

September 22, 2014

Batt-Latch Lets Your Animals Move Themselves!

Being a farmer is simply one of the busiest human activities so, what grazing farmer wouldn’t benefit from an automatic gate opener? We recently learned about this useful device with the ability to automatically open gates. It is called a ‘Batt-Latch.’ A Batt-Latch is an electronic locking device (developed by NZ company Jenquip), that incorporates a […]

September 22, 2014

Just a Few Fences Can Improve Pasture Health and Increase Stocking Rates

This video comes to us from our friends Downunder.  It shows one sheep producer’s experience with using rotational grazing to improve his pastures.  With just three fences dividing a 45 hectare pasture (111 acres), John Keogh says, “We’ve picked up 4 DSE (dry sheep equivalents) per hectare and have seen a 15 to 20% return on […]

August 18, 2014

Fast Facts – Electric Fence Safety

These safety tips come to us from Rob DeClue of the Chenango County Soil and Water Conservation District and the New York Grazing Coaltion’s Grazette newsletter.

August 11, 2014

Fixing Seasonal Electric Fencing Problems

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.

August 4, 2014

Fenceless Grazing

If Dean Anderson of the USDA ARS Jornada Experimental Range has his way, cows will wear these little “hats” that tell them where to go and we won’t have to build fences anymore!

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