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portable electric fencing-how many strands?

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:42 am
by pdubdo
Assuming good charge and calm cattle on decent grass. Also, no other cattle on neighbor's fields. I'm planning on trying out a rotational grazing system on a weekly rotation. should I start w/ single strand or just assume I'll need to run a couple strands around 8-10 acre paddocks?

Re: portable electric fencing-how many strands?

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:02 am
by dun
Single strand 28-32 inches above the ground. Depends on if you have little calves in the mix. 28 inches for real young babies. That is assuming they are trained to hot wire. If they aren't, make small enclosure around a water point with only a 6-8 foot wide openeing and leave it set up for a couple of days. They will learn in that time and not have issues when you move them

Re: portable electric fencing-how many strands?

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:09 am
by Workinonit Farm
A single wire should be enough, provided that they are accustomed to a hot wire.

As for height, what dun said, 28" to 32" should do.

Re: portable electric fencing-how many strands?

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:43 pm
by Jeanne - Simme Valley
Will this be the ONLY fence keeping them on your property???

Re: portable electric fencing-how many strands?

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:22 pm
by pdubdo
Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:Will this be the ONLY fence keeping them on your property???

nope. Have good perimeter fences :)

Re: portable electric fencing-how many strands?

Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:51 am
by jedstivers
I use two for everything. Inside and outside fences.
The little calves stay better.
One will work for what your talking about though.

Re: portable electric fencing-how many strands?

Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:26 pm
by chevytaHOE5674
I subdivide all my pastures with a single strand of electric poly-twine. Quick and easy to to put up and take down as needed.