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Question DetailsAsked on 8/11/2016

How much would it cost to put in a 2 strand electric fence on 5 acres (2775 LF)?

Need a horse fence for 5 acres, long and narrow, approximately 3000 LF with 6 ft Tposts and clips. 14 gauge wire. Tpost Insulators would need to be 2-3 in extenders.

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Depends on how strong the T posts are (there are some real small dimension and cheap ones out there), and type of wire you use - some cheap tape systems you might get it done for about $0.40-0.70/LF, generally true wire about $0.60-1.00/LF, higher-end systems or stainless wire typically more like $1.00-2.00/LF. Plus anywhere from $50-300 for the energizer depending on quality, capacity and lightning protection for the system, and whether you have one energizer or two "paired" ones so if one fails the other takes over unless all lines are either dead-shorted or cut. The higher-end professional units are set up to monitor the current and voltage and automatically cut out any wires that are grounded or cut so the unit and the other wires can stay live - and also have a unit-top beacon to indicate a line is out - fancier yet ones have wireless dial-home connections to tell you the unit is having a problem.

While having it done, especially since long and narrow, consider if you want a cross-run put in with a gate (Fencing companies commonly do this sort of work, as do ranch hands) so you have an smaller end pasture for studs (though electric fence is not much protection for that), mares, recently foaled mare and colt protection, or animals who are sick or injured - to isolate them from the herd.

Also - for animals used to electric fencing two strands might work, but generallyo 3 is minimal for horses and cattle - one at walking nose height for adult animals so they get shocked in front of the eyes (on the nose) to cause them to jerk back, not shock on neck or back of head after the head is through because that can cause them to bolt forward through the fence. Second strand so they cannot get their head through without getting shocked on second or either top or bottom strand (second strand is also commonly the colt/calf nose height strand), and one lower down to hit their nose when grazing. There are standard guideline ranges for the number and height of strands for different types and size mixtures of animals - I am sure some have made it to the web. Google something like this - typical electric fence design for horses

Answered 2 years ago by LCD




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