FAQs and Answers About Permanent Electric Cattle Fences

FAQs and Answers About Permanent Electric Cattle Fences

Grass-fed cattle tend to be healthier than their feedlot counterparts, and grass-fed beef definitely fetches a higher price at the market. But letting your herd roam also requires some creative fencing solutions. If you’re looking for a reliable alternative to barbed wire, consider talking to your local fencing company about installing a permanent electric cattle fence.

How exactly do electric cattle fences work?

Every electric fence is an incomplete circuit. It’s hooked up to a charger, which transmits electrical pulses down the high-tensile wire. The electrical circuit isn’t complete until something, like a cow, touches the wire. When this happens, the electric pulses are sent through the cow and into the ground. The charger is connected to ground rods, which suck the electrons up out of the soil to complete the circuit.

How many volts will my fence need?

It depends on the specific breed of cattle you have. Short-haired cattle can be trained to respect a fence if it emits a minimum of 700 volts. Long-haired cattle require about 2,000 volts.

How many ground rods do I need?

This depends on the area you’re fencing in. Every electric fence needs at least three ground rods. For every two Joules of power your charger puts out, you should have at least one ground rod. Each rod needs to be at least six feet long, and they should be spaced 10 feet apart.

Why was I told to water the soil?

If the soil around the ground rods becomes too dry, the rods can no longer effectively complete the electrical circuit. You may need to water the soil around the ground rods if you have very sandy soil or if it’s a drought year.

For all of your farm and ranch fencing needs, you can count on the professionals at McKendrick Contracting Inc. to get the job done right. They even do custom projects. You can call their office in Steamboat Springs, CO, at (970) 879-7855.