But I am showing this picture because I'm trying a new (to me) fence. This particular one is from premier fencing, and it's the poultry version of their electric net fence. I got the poultry version, even though it's a little more expensive, on the advice of another sheep producer -- the bottom weave is small enough that lambs can't stick their heads through, and the hope was that this would prevent accidents. It didn't though.
|fold near ground is a big problem|
First, look in the picture above -- even with the top and bottom lines taught, there's a fold in the fencing in the center. With the 8-10" long grass I've got, this fold basically put 4 of the conducting wires on the ground, and when the grass was wet, it made my fence charger ineffective for the 480' of fencing here.
|fence cut to free the tangled lambs|
It looks like the larger sheep pushed the fence down and walked over it. This years lambs, smaller, walked up and managed to their their heads through the large gaps just below the top of the fence. Once of them strangled itself to death, the other was tangled and the neighbor cut it out of the fencing to free it.
Pretty disappointing performance for this particular combination of fencing and charger. The field that they're in has a secure perimeter fence, so the sheep defeating the mesh here doesn't really matter, but it matters a great deal on where I'd like to put them. I'm hoping that the fence will both keep the coyotes out and the sheep in, but so far, with my car-battery charger and the posts inability to keep the fence off the ground, I'm not so sure that it's going to work.
I'm using a power wizard pw2000b battery operated charger that is only powering this 500' of fencing. It should be plenty strong to do this, and is sufficiently powerful to control pigs, which is what I've used it for before. I need a battery or solar operated charger so that I can graze remote fields that don't have access to power.