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Single strand electric fence (height and spacing)

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:27 pm
by RanchMan90
Im sure it's been repeated here several times, I just wanted to put it all together. What wire height and post spacing do you use for single strand electric crossfence? Any tips and tricks in your experience with it? Thanks

Re: Single strand electric fence (height and spacing)

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:58 pm
by dun
28-32 inches high. The distance depends on the terrain. On normal ground with temp posts about 50 feet between posts

Re: Single strand electric fence (height and spacing)

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:13 pm
by Nesikep
depends on the wire.. I use a 3/16" braided wire that can take a lot of tension... For the most part I do it as Dun does... Depends a little on the size of the calves.. lower when they're young

Re: Single strand electric fence (height and spacing)

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:33 pm
by Stocker Steve
above most of the forage
20+ paces

Re: Single strand electric fence (height and spacing)

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:21 am
by dun
Stocker Steve wrote:above most of the forage
20+ paces

I tried that. The way the stuff shot up the cows would be walking under it.

Re: Single strand electric fence (height and spacing)

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:00 am
by Nesikep
dun wrote:
Stocker Steve wrote:above most of the forage
20+ paces

I tried that. The way the stuff shot up the cows would be walking under it.

Yup, same here.. especially with my wild mustard crop that was 7 ft high.. rather get a strong enough fencer to zap through the stuff well enough

Re: Single strand electric fence (height and spacing)

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:07 am
by Stocker Steve
[quote="dun The way the stuff shot up the cows would be walking under it.[/quote]

Not enough cows?

The thing most don't budget in for pasture subdivision is more cattle. Your stocking rate should double with a good subdivision plan, and almost double again if you can get a good stand of legumes going.

Single strand fence is very inexpensive, but it is the tip of the investment iceberg.

Re: Single strand electric fence (height and spacing)

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:50 pm
by dun
Stocker Steve wrote:[quote="dun The way the stuff shot up the cows would be walking under it.


Not enough cows?

The thing most don't budget in for pasture subdivision is more cattle. Your stocking rate should double with a good subdivision plan, and almost double again if you can get a good stand of legumes going.

Single strand fence is very inexpensive, but it is the tip of the investment iceberg.[/quote]
But when you are in the process of cutting back the pastures get a head of you. Besides ours we have 10 pair from the vet and another 10 pair from the guy that is probably going to buy this farm. At least we are making a tiny dent in it. That's one of the drawbacks to having spent almost 20 years doing MIG. Got too much grass.

Re: Single strand electric fence (height and spacing)

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:47 pm
by RanchMan90
dun wrote:
Stocker Steve wrote:[quote="dun The way the stuff shot up the cows would be walking under it.


Not enough cows?

The thing most don't budget in for pasture subdivision is more cattle. Your stocking rate should double with a good subdivision plan, and almost double again if you can get a good stand of legumes going.

Single strand fence is very inexpensive, but it is the tip of the investment iceberg.

But when you are in the process of cutting back the pastures get a head of you. Besides ours we have 10 pair from the vet and another 10 pair from the guy that is probably going to buy this farm. At least we are making a tiny dent in it. That's one of the drawbacks to having spent almost 20 years doing MIG. Got too much grass.[/quote]
Do you fertilize or spray?

Re: Single strand electric fence (height and spacing)

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:00 pm
by Nesikep
Stocker Steve wrote:[quote="dun] The way the stuff shot up the cows would be walking under it.[/quote]

Not enough cows?

The thing most don't budget in for pasture subdivision is more cattle. Your stocking rate should double with a good subdivision plan, and almost double again if you can get a good stand of legumes going.

Single strand fence is very inexpensive, but it is the tip of the investment iceberg.[/quote]


Depending on your location and climate, you have a peak growth period (right about now for around here) where there's not a hope in hades to keep it grazed down if you have the correct stocking rate for non-peak periods.

Re: Single strand electric fence (height and spacing)

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:11 pm
by Stocker Steve
Spot spray w/ Milestone for thistle.
Have cut waaay back on fertilizer. Use it on a couple paddocks in spring/fall to extend the grazing season.
Have flexible stocking rate for spring flush via. cattle which are marketed in July/August/November.

Did some forage measurements and projected my 2017 forage total costs including OH. Looks like 2017 will range from .012 to .040 per lb DM consumed depending on the blend and the age and the amount of mismanagement for that stand.

Re: Single strand electric fence (height and spacing)

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:50 pm
by dun
RanchMan90 wrote:Do you fertilize or spray?

Not much anymore. The hayfields get fertilized but not the pastures. Took a few years to get them productive after a quarter century of abuse. Spraying is mostly black berries