Electric Fence Maintenance 101

Electric fencing is a safe and economical solution for ranches and hobby farms alike. Horses, cattle, sheep, and goats are just a few of the types of livestock that can be safely fenced in with electric fencing. Electric fences are fairly low-maintenance. However, you will still need to do periodic checks and maintenance tasks to keep the fencing in good working condition. Do periodic voltage checks. Every electric fence owner should have a voltmeter designed specifically to test these fences. Take a walk along the fence and check the voltage at periodic intervals. Every spot you test should give you a consistent voltage reading. If not, there may be a problem, such as a broken insulator or wire. Consult an electric fencing company for guidance if you notice any irregularities. In some cases, simply adding additional grounding rods is all that is needed to improve the charge. Remove excess vegetation. Ranchers typically love rain because that means their meadows will grow more foliage for their livestock. However, it also means there will be more weeds and grasses growing along the electric fence. Vegetation is relatively conductive because it has high water content. If there is a lot of vegetation touching the wires, the plants will rob the fence of some of its charge. Since this wastes electricity, you’ll want to trim back the vegetation along the fence using mechanical or chemical means. Check the solar panels. Some ranchers use solar panels to power their electric fences. In order to generate as much electricity from the sun as possible, the solar panels must be kept clean of debris. Sweep off fallen leaves and similar debris periodically. In the winter, you’ll need to clean the panels of snow. When it’s time to put up new fencing, call on the experts with more than a decade of experience in fencing and erosion control. McKendrick Contracting Inc. in Steamboat Springs, CO offers onsite consultations and quick estimates for clients throughout the country. You can reach their office at (970) 879-7855.