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Gallagher tumble wheel.

Post by Chapin81 » Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:03 am

Hi everyone, I hope this is the right forum. I’m looking to buy a Gallagher solar charger along with the tumble wheels to work on a more intense rotational grazing. Does anyone have experience with this equipment? Pros & cons? The reason for this is because post and wiring plus labor kills my budget. We currently work with rotational grazing but when we started we made the pastures too big so the cattle tend to roam freely and always leave grass behind.
Herd 1 we have 34 steers no more than 700lbs
Herd 2 160 cows plus calves and 2 bulls.
Herd 3 71 heifers and 1 bull.
Will a solar Gallagher charger and the tumble wheels keep the cattle within the enclosure I make for them? The tumble wheel keeps the live wire at 31 inches from the ground is it low enough for calves not to go under is it high enough they won’t jump? Is it a strong enough “zap” to keep them in line? I don’t even know what questions to ask I’ve never dealt with this equipment before :help: I hope one of you can provide great info or guidelines to follow.
Thanks in advance.



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Re: Gallagher tumble wheel.

Post by BFE » Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:13 pm

You want some grass left behind. The cows don't have to nuke it, it will come back faster with some grass left behind. It's trial and error, but any rotation and rest is better than none.

No experience with the wheels, but as long as your perimeter fence is good, why worry about the small calves going under? They don't go far, and they'll get the chance to eat the best before the cows do, but not so much as to short the cows.

That's about the height where I run my hot wires and the only thing jumps them is deer.

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Re: Gallagher tumble wheel.

Post by Chapin81 » Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:32 pm

BFE wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:13 pm
You want some grass left behind. The cows don't have to nuke it, it will come back faster with some grass left behind. It's trial and error, but any rotation and rest is better than none.

No experience with the wheels, but as long as your perimeter fence is good, why worry about the small calves going under? They don't go far, and they'll get the chance to eat the best before the cows do, but not so much as to short the cows.

That's about the height where I run my hot wires and the only thing jumps them is deer.
Thanks for the input. And yes your right the calves won’t travel far anyways. We currently practice rotational grazing but we leave them in a pasture up to about a week or so because they have so much room to roam which is not a good idea because the we are also affected by the lack of rains. FYI the cattle are in guatemala and the weather patterns have change drastically since 15 years ago.

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Re: Gallagher tumble wheel.

Post by Dave » Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:26 pm

A dairy farmer friend of my used the tumble wheels. He had long narrow fields with permanent fence. He used the tumble wheels to move the hot wire back a notch every day. He quit using them and went to using step in pig tail posts. He said that the tumble wheels wore out the poly wire.

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Re: Gallagher tumble wheel.

Post by Chapin81 » Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:47 pm

Dave wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:26 pm
A dairy farmer friend of my used the tumble wheels. He had long narrow fields with permanent fence. He used the tumble wheels to move the hot wire back a notch every day. He quit using them and went to using step in pig tail posts. He said that the tumble wheels wore out the poly wire.
Well that’s definitely the kind of input I’d like to hear. That’s one heck of a con. LOL
Thanks Dave.
Just for kicks and giggles I did the math on adding wood post and barb wire for 9 pastures and it came out to 16k US dollars. Damm lol

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Re: Gallagher tumble wheel.

Post by ValleyView » Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:22 pm

I have an S16 Gallagher solar charger and run poly wire with step in ring top posts. I have not had to do anything to the charger since the day I put it on in April 2019, which is great in my opinion. Have since moved the wire but left the charger and grounding rod in place for when I planted wheat in September. Cows learn quickly and I can keep them off pasture with a dead wire bc they’re trained to it now. I am interested the rolling wheels as well bc a pie shape rotation would be optimum in my set up. Hope some others can chime in on that issue but as far as the S16, I am very satisfied with it. Hope this rambling helps you.

I plan on rotating more this year as well and will likely purchase one or two more chargers. Moving the ring top posts is easy if strip grazing etc, your anchor points are what is more difficult to move frequently.
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