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An electric fence is based on a strong psychological barrier coupled with a weak physical barrier that keeps wildlife or farm animals in and unwanted animals and vermin.
Despite the successes achieved around the world, electric fencing still has its detractors. Most people swear by it there are still a few who do not believe it works effectively. The reason for this is simple. Those who understand and apply the basic principles of electric fencing when constructing their electric fences will reap the benefits of electric fencing, while those who do not apply these principles will never get their fence to work effectively.
There is nothing new about using electricity to control animals. For over seventy years farmers have been using electric fences to control their livestock in Europe and New Zealand whilst in Africa it has been utilised to protect arable land from being damaged by African wildlife.
The mechanical “tick-tock” high internal impedance type energisers used back then were however unable to overcome much competition from vegetation and thus could only power relatively short lengths of fence line. The technological advancements in solid state electronics during the 1970’s resulted in the development of the modern low internal impedance high powered energisers in use today. These modern energisers are capable of powering many kilometres of multi strand electric fencing and the electric fence has now become a truly effective management tool that is being used successfully around the world to control all species of wildlife. Today very few conservation organisations do not incorporate electric fencing in their wildlife management programs.
Finally, while economics will obviously be an important consideration when planning any electric fencing project, guard against being too thrifty and of basing major decisions on price considerations alone. A wimpy energiser will result in a wimpy fence.
ADVANTAGES OF ELECTRIC FENCING
Electric fencing has several advantages over conventional barrier fences:
Cost: Electric fencing is generally cheaper to install than conventional fencing, as it requires fewer materials and can be installed more quickly.
Maintenance: Electric fencing requires less maintenance than conventional fencing, as it has no physical components to wear out or break.
Durability: Electric fencing is often more durable than conventional fencing, as it is made from materials that can withstand harsh weather conditions and animal impacts.
Flexibility: Electric fencing is more flexible than conventional fencing, as it can be easily adapted to fit different terrain and animal containment needs.
Visibility: Electric fencing is often more visible than conventional fencing, which can reduce the likelihood of animals colliding with it.
Security: Electric fencing can also provide an added layer of security, as it can be configured to trigger an alarm or alert the property owner when it is breached.
Safety: Electric fencing can be safer for animals than conventional fencing, as it does not pose a risk of entanglement or injury from sharp edges.