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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.


Things to Know When Planning Your Electrified Fence

The addition of fencing material and energizers to our inventory has afforded us the opportunity to work with new farmers and hobbyists setting up operations for the first time. We get to talk with them about planning their fencing properly, and what constitutes an effective electrified fence. And yes, we have the opportunity to help them avoid some of the more common fencing mistakes.

Planning out an electrified fence is not difficult in principle. But to do it right, you have to understand the principles of electrified fencing. An electric fence is substantially different from a barbed wire fence – in both function and purpose. You will not get the best results following barbed wire principles.

The fencing principles described below are complements of Beef Magazine and contributing author Alaina Burt. They are part a great article describing electrified fencing mistakes as explained by industry experts.

Corner Post Depth

The corner posts of any fence system take most of the stress given that they support wires pulling in two directions. One of the biggest mistakes people make is not driving corner posts deeply enough. The general rule is to measure the distance between the ground and the height of the top wire, then drive posts in to a depth equal to or greater than that measurement.

If the highest wire is going to be 3 feet off the ground, you need 3 feet of post driven into the ground. You need enough post to offset the tension of the wires pulling in both directions. A post that is not driven deeply enough is one that will eventually pull out.

Post Spacing

The general rule for barbed wire fences is to place a post every 16 feet or so. Though this distance is quite short, a lot of posts are needed to support the barbed wire. Electric fencing doesn’t need nearly as much support. Rather than 16 feet apart, posts for electrified fencing should be closer to 80 feet. You could go as far as 100 feet to save money on posts. Space them as little as 50 feet apart if you are not comfortable with greater distances.

Why does all this matter? Because wood does not conduct electricity. Every post in an electrified fencing system represents a choke point if it interferes with electrical conductivity.

Matching Energizers

An effective electrified fence applies just the right amount of voltage based on the total length of the system. Regardless of the number of wires in the system, the rule for containing cattle and horses is 1 joule per mile of fencing. For smaller animals, it is okay to use energizers with outputs of 0.05 joules per mile of fencing.

This is one particular area in which it’s impossible to give rock-solid advice. Property owners have to consider the animals they are trying to contain in order to determine the correct voltage. We offer enough choices in energizers to meet the needs of most smaller systems.

Grounding the Fence

One last thing to consider is how you will ground the fence. Normally, grounding rods are installed at a rate of 3 feet for every joule of output. The experts recommend against placing all the grounding rods very near the energizer. Instead, they say it’s better to space grounding rods evenly apart. This is because soil conditions can affect how well grounding rods work.

Once you understand the principles of electrified fencing, planning and installing new fence is pretty routine. Here at Mytee Products, we have what you need to build your own fence for cattle or small animals.


5 Things Cattle Ranchers Can Buy from Us

Here at Mytee Products, we are not normally known as a supplier of the kinds of products cattle ranchers need to keep their operations going. We certainly are no complete tractor supply store by any means, but we do carry a number of products that we know are important to ranchers. In this post, you will learn about five such products.

Rest assured you can always contact us if you have questions about the things you see on our website. We are as committed to our agricultural customer as we are the trucking industry. Anything we can do to support your operation, within the scope of our own business model, is worth doing.

1. Hay Tarps

Tarps are really what started it all for Mytee Products. But our inventory is not restricted only to truck tarps. We also carry hay tarps perfect for agricultural operations. Cattle ranchers use them to cover their hay during the late autumn and winter seasons, knowing how much damage moisture and bad weather can do to their feed.

We carry hay tarps for as low as $125 apiece. Ranchers can also purchase spiral anchor pins to go along with their tarps. Hay tarps are the next best thing for protecting hay in the absence of a barn or some other kind of permanent structure. And that leads us to our next item.

2. Temporary Storage Buildings

Our durable and high-quality portable storage buildings make great structures for a multitude of purposes. Ranchers can use them to store hay, cover equipment, or even as a portable pen to keep cattle out of the weather. Our inventory includes several assorted sizes and configurations to meet a variety of needs.

The smallest is an 8′ x 12′ storage shed, while the largest is a whopping 30′ x 65′ unit specifically designed for hay storage. Each of the units is easy to set up and take down with a minimal amount of effort and hand tools required.

3. Moisture Testers

As long as we are talking about protecting hay, let’s talk moisture testers. A good moisture tester could mean the difference between preserving a crop of hay and watching it go bad due to excess moisture. It is critical that cattle ranchers pay attention to their hay throughout the winter months if they expect to have enough feed to make it through until spring. A good moisture tester is part of that effort. Fortunately, we now have nearly a dozen models for our customers to choose from.

4. Fencing Material and Energizers

Keeping cattle inside designated areas is the job of electrified fencing. Yes, you can purchase fencing material and energizers directly from Mytee Products. We carry both wire and energizers for easy configuration of any size fence. Moreover, we have two different solar-powered energizers for those areas where mains power is not available.

5. Wagon and Tractor Tires

Just because cattle ranchers are raising crops does not mean they don’t use tractors and wagons, so we are here with a good selection of tires to keep their vehicles going. All our tires come from manufacturers that farmers have come to know and trust, including Carlisle and BKT.

Mytee Products may be known more for the trucking and towing-related products we stock, but we are equally committed to supporting the agricultural industry as much as we can. If you are a cattle rancher, we hope you will consider us as your main supplier of the items listed above. We hope to be able to expand our inventory in the future to better serve your needs.