Fool-Proof Fencing Tips


Don’t let the current weather conditions fool you – spring is only a few weeks away! With spring grazing not far off, now is the time to plan for spring fence line repairs.

Installing and repairing electric fences does not have to be an aggravating and time consuming chore, thanks to advancements in fencing materials. Check out these tips below for hints on how to make the job go smoothly.

Fence Posts:

  • There are a variety of options to consider when selecting a wooden post, but none play as significant a role on the fence’s lifespan than the wood’s preservatives or treatments. Posts that are left untreated or only receive a dip-treatment can quickly succumb to rotting, requiring replacement after only a few years of use. Wooden posts that are rated for direct ground contact are treated with enough preservatives to ensure a long lifespan.
  • Galvanized or painted steel posts and T-posts can also be used for electric fencing. Galvanized fence posts will offer a greater longevity, and painted posts are still prone to flaking and rusting.

Fence Wire:

  • Look to high-tensile, Class III galvanized wires for your electric fence. The galvanized wire does offer a bit of stretch, returning to its original length when the force is removed, and thanks to its small diameter, it is cheaper than standard steel wire when sold by the pound.
  • Use wire clamps, wire connectors, and proper splicing to ensure a good connection is made.

Fence Tape:

  • Ideal for temporary fencing solutions, conductive tapes or ropes are easy to install and store, and offer more visibility than a standard wire fence.
  • Create a splice by knotting ends of polytape together. To ensure a good connection, strip back the poly, and twist the exposed conductive wires together.

Fence Charger:

  • A quality charger will provide the electricity necessary to keep you livestock contained. When purchasing a charge, look for one that has been tested by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). Ideally, the charger would maintain a minimum of 1,000 volts at 100 ohms.


  • Proper grounding of the fence controller reduces the risk of electric shock or stray voltage. Install multiple ground rods as designated by the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Do not install ground rods in the vicinity of water lines or another object’s ground rods – doing so could cause stray voltage.



Jaynes, Lynn. “Poor Materials Make Fencing A Four Letter Word”. Progressive Forage Grower.





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