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A Couple of Quick Reminders About Electrified Fencing

With summer now fully underway, ranchers and farmers will be out mending fences to keep cattle in and critters out. Electrified fencing is an alternative to barbed wire and something we carry at Mytee Products. You can find fencing wire, tape, braid, and energizers here.

We recommend you install electrified fencing with the help of a professional, unless you are absolutely sure you know what you are doing.Then we recommend you pay attention to all safety measures, when installing your fence. To that end, we have put together a couple of reminders for people who are new to this type of fencing. We have written on these topics in the past, but a refresher every now and again is always a good idea.

Follow Installation Instructions

Even though electrified fencing is low voltage by comparison, you are still dealing with electricity. As such, you can put yourself and your animals in danger with an improper instruction. Always follow instructions to the letter when you are installing or repairing fencing.

Electrified fencing needs to be properly grounded. Energizers need to be matched with fencing configuration and power supply. Even the slightest mistake can lead to serious problems. At least one of the wildfires that burned last summer in California started when an electrified fence malfunctioned. So yes, it is that important.

Animals Need to Be Trained

If you are installing electrified fencing for the first time, you should know that animals need to be trained to stay away from it. But that is not a bad thing. It’s actually good because, once trained, your cattle won’t go near the fence.

A common way to train cattle is to set up a temporary fence that animals can walk around. You put the cattle on one side and a food source on the other. If one of your cattle attempts to go through the fence, it will receive a slight electrical shock designed to repel any advance. It only takes a couple of shocks before the animal realizes it is better to walk around the fence.

It Need Not Be As Robust

Electrified fencing does not need to be nearly as robust as barbed wire fencing. There are two reasons for this, the first of which is the fact that cattle can be trained. A properly trained heard will not go anywhere near an electrified fence, so you don’t have to worry about cattle breaking through.

Another advantage here is that you do not have to pull electrified fencing wire as tight as barbed wire. Therefore you don’t need as many posts. This makes for easier installation and a lower overall price. Electrified fencing is also easier to repair because of its less robust design

Power is Always an Issue

How you power an electrified fence depends on where it is located. We sell energizers that plug directly into standard sockets. They are used for fenced areas located in close proximity to outbuildings. Out in the field where power sources might not be available, you can use solar energizers.

Some of our customers use a combination both to guarantee minimal down time during power outages. The plugin unit is the main energizer. In the event of an outage, they just disconnect that energizer and connect the solar energizer installed right next to it.

Summer is fence season for farmers and ranchers. We invite you to take a look at our electrified fencing supplies as you plan for your build or repair project. Whatever you do, please follow all best practices and ensure that your installation is done according to the instructions printed on packaging materials.


3 Things You Should Know About Electrified Fencing

Since adding electrified fencing to our inventory, we have had the pleasure of working with landowners and farmers to help contain their animals with what is considered a safe and effective fencing method. Our inventory of fence wire, energizers, and other materials are appreciated by customers looking to install their own customized fencing solutions.

Electrified fencing is a viable replacement of barbed wired for containing animals on open land. If you are new to the electric fence concept though, you might not fully understand some of the finer details of this form of animal containment. For example, check out these three things that new fence owners are often surprised to learn:

1. Electrified Fencing Is Not Lethal

People unfamiliar with electrified fencing in an agricultural setting are quick to think of correctional facilities and top-secret government installations when the topic of electric fences comes up. To be clear, we are talking two different kinds of fences here.

A fence constructed using the materials we sell is not lethal. It is uncomfortable for sure, but it is a low voltage fence that acts as a reminder to stay clear more than anything else. Neither animals nor humans are at risk of serious injury or death if an electrified fence is installed and maintained properly.

2. Electrical Current Is Not Constant

The way to make an electrified fence effective without being harmful is to send electrical current through the wire in a certain way. That is exactly what our fence energizers do. Rather than sending current at a constant rate, an energizer sends short bursts of current at regular intervals.

A constant current would be potentially harmful on contact. Why? Because it is more difficult to pull away and break the connection. But by sending intermittent pulses of electrical current through fence wire instead, the energizer creates a quick shock that gets an animal’s attention without zapping it with an unbroken and harmful amount of current.

3. Electrified Fencing is a Psychological Barrier

Before electrified fencing there was barbed wire, a more primitive kind of fencing that acted as a physical barrier to animals. The barbs, combined with the strength of the wire and posts, worked together to keep animals contained. Electrified fencing is different. Rather than being a physical barrier, it is a psychological one.

The truth is that electrified fencing wire is not strong enough to prevent a determined cow from breaking through. But it doesn’t have to be. The cow’s psychology is strong enough to keep the animal away from the fence.

When a landowner first installs an electrified fence where none existed before, cattle have to be trained to respond to it in a certain way. The landowner sets up a temporary section of fence inside an enclosed area, then puts food on one side and his animals on the other.

All it takes is a few shocks for the cattle to figure out that it is a lot more comfortable to walk around the fence than sticking their heads between the wires in order to get to the food. Once they learn that, they will avoid going anywhere near an electrified fence in the field.

Electrified fencing is a safe, effective, and humane way of keeping cattle and other animals contained on open land. Mytee Products is thrilled to now offer everything you need to install your own fencing. We have the wire, energizers, and other materials you are looking for at affordable prices. If you need something you do not see on our website, don’t be afraid to ask about it.


Reasons for Using Battery or Solar-Powered Fence Energizers

Farmers looking to install electrified fencing tend to choose energizers that either plug into outlets or are hardwired to an existing electrical system. Nonetheless, Mytee Products sells both battery- and solar-powered energizers for a variety of uses. You may wonder why. If so, you are not alone.

Both battery and solar-powered fence energizers have their uses. They are not likely to be a long-term solution for a large amount of acreage, however they can be rather handy in some situations. Below are a few reasons farmers would purchase these energizers. After reading through, it would be hard not to consider buying them.

Frequent Power Outages

You may be a farmer that lives in a rural area subject to severe weather throughout the late spring and early summer. On any given day, a storm could blow through and knock out the power for hours. What if all your energizers require mains power? Your electric fencing could be down for quite a while.

A battery-powered energizer is the obvious answer in these kinds of situations. Just disconnect the standard energizer, connect the battery-powered unit, and let it go until electricity is restored. Then go make the swap back and you are all set. The battery-powered energizer can be put on the shelf until the next power outage.

Utilizing Temporary Pastures

A lot of our customers who choose solar-powered energizers do so because they make use of temporary pastures. These are generally smaller operations or hobby farms where animals are frequently moved from one temporary pasture to the next.

Because there is no need to keep all the fencing electrified around-the-clock, a good way to save money and alleviate dependence on grid power is to use solar energizers. A good solar energizer is just as functional even if cloudy skies are prevalent from time to time. The energizer can be hooked to the fencing where needed, and then unhooked and moved to the next temporary pasture in the rotation.

Installing New Fences

Yet another reason for using battery-powered or solar energizers is to get a new electrified fence up and running while you are waiting on power to be run out to that location. In other words, farmers can install new fencing more quickly by having an alternate means of energizing on hand. They do not have to wait until electric lines are run and outlets installed. They just hook up and go.

Getting off the Grid

Believe it or not, we have worked with customers running hobby farms who are doing everything they can to get off the grid. They might use a turbine for their electricity coupled with a solar system on the roof. Out in the field, they want to contain their animals behind electrified fencing powered with solar energizers.

Getting off the grid is a perfectly legitimate way of doing things. We are just happy we can help meet the need with a selection of solar-powered energizers that are perfect for hobby farms. And even if these kinds of energizers cannot make a farm completely independent of grid power, they sure can supplement quite nicely.

Mytee Products is grateful for the opportunity to provide supplies to farmers and ranchers. If you are a farmer using electrified fencing, we invite you to take a look at our inventory of energizers, fencing wire, and heavy rope. Also be sure to check out our hay tarps and moisture testers.

If we don’t have what you’re looking for, please do not hesitate to ask. We will do everything we can to get it.


How Electrified Fencing Controls Cattle

A cattle farmer with a full complement of beef or dairy cows has a lot on his plate in terms of keeping that cattle in confined spaces. Despite their docile nature, cattle are powerful animals that can be quite belligerent when they want to be. Keeping them confined to certain spaces is a job for fencing.

Barbed wire fences were the fences of choice in past generations. But barbed wire is harmful to animals. These days, cattle farmers are more likely to use electrified fencing instead. Though it might seem that electrified fence is just as harmful as a barbed wire, it is not. The amount of electricity flowing through an electrified fence is minimal. Furthermore, the shock of an electrified fence is not enough to harm cattle.

Fencing Basics: How It Works

An electrified fence for controlling cattle consists of a series of fence posts, wires, and energizers. The farmer drives the posts in at regular intervals, runs two or three wires between the posts, and then connects those wires to the energizer. A fencing energizer can run on solar power, batteries, or mains power.

The final step in constructing electrified fencing is also its most critical: grounding. Grounding is what makes a fence effective in controlling cattle.

Current produced by the energizer is sent through the wires in quick pulses. A typical pulse might be only 150 microseconds, and pulses are sent through the lines at a rate of about one per second. As you can see, this means the wires are not constantly electrified.

When a cow touches an electrified fence, it completes a circuit by occupying space between the fence line and the ground. This causes an electric shock to flow from the line, through the animal, and into the ground. This minor shock is known as ‘biting’. Cattle are not exposed to a high enough voltage to endanger them; it is just strong enough to teach them a lesson.

Controlling Cattle with Fencing

The beauty of electrified fencing is that it trains cattle to stay within certain spaces without harming their health. Believe it or not, cattle are very intelligent creatures capable of quick learning. Controlling cattle with fencing is all about teaching them their boundaries.

No cow will appreciate the electric shock it receives from contacting electric fencing. Some cattle will learn to stay away with just one touch; others have to touch a fence numerous times before they figure it out. The one thing they all have in common is that they will eventually learn.

From a practical standpoint, a cow’s ability to learn can be helpful to farmers. For example, a farmer could erect a temporary fence that will be moved to a different field when grazing shifts. Yet even moving to a different field does not require the cattle to learn all over again. They will already know to stay away from the electrified fence regardless of where they graze.

We Have What You Need

Electrified fencing has proven itself over the years as an effective way to control cattle without inflicting the harm caused by barbed wire. Electric fencing is easy to build, easy to maintain, and cost-effective. Moreover, electrified fencing is as effective at keeping animals out as it is keeping cattle in.

Mytee Products has everything you need to construct electrified fencing. From energizers to fencing wire, we carry a variety of products to meet a variety of fencing needs. If you are planning to build fencing, just be sure to plan well before you purchase equipment. A good plan will set you up for a productive and inexpensive fence.