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7 Common Cattle Fencing Mistakes to Avoid

Electric fencing is an excellent way to let your cattle learn their boundaries. However, doing it for the first time may not be a smooth experience. There are several challenges involved with cattle fencing supplies, including but not limited to wire breaking, wet vegetation shorting out, and issues with chargers. With a bit of care and commitment, you can learn how to do it right.

Here are a few things ‘not to do’ while installing electric fencing: 

Using a weak charger

With a weak charger, the resulting shock will also be significantly soft, making your animals cross through the fence without experiencing a solid bite. This is exactly what you don’t want. So, make sure to check the energizer selection chart provided by the manufacturers before making a purchase.

Not installing the solar panels right

Investing in green energy is always a cool thing to do. To ensure the best solar fence energizer performance, you should ensure installing solar panels in a direction that faces the sun for most hours. Turn off the guesswork button for a while and read the instructions mentioned in the user manual. Make sure to install it right, so it works at its potential without a hassle.

Poor earthing

Adequate earth grounding is essential. Without it, you cannot expect your fence to operate at its optimal efficiency. 

Not separating the lower wire

The lower wire needs different treatments for different seasons. It is good to keep it functioning when the vegetation is small enough to not touch it. But once it grows, you should disconnect the supply as wet vegetation will suck a lot of power, making your adequate charger inadequate in no time. So, you should install a separate switch for the lower line and turn it on/off as per the requirement.

Wires tied too tight to fenceposts

You don’t have to tie the wires too tight. And, you shouldn’t tie them to each fencepost. It is essential to maintain elasticity by allowing the wires to float past the fenceposts. Also, you should not install the fenceposts too close.

Not training your animals

Your animals should get direct exposure to how it feels when they do what they shouldn’t do. There is nothing wrong with not being kind for a while and forcing them to walk through the fence (when it is fully charged). The unexpected shock will stay in their memories and act as a lesson, making them not cross their boundaries again.

Using different metals 

Using different metals in fencing only promotes corrosion and weakens the fencing power. So, you should avoid making this common mistake. 

The bottom line

Installing electric fencing helps teach discipline to your animals and creates a shock-enabled boundary for them. While doing so, you may make a few mistakes if you’re doing it for the first time. The above tips will help you avoid them and ensure the best efficiency for your electric fencing.

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