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Option 2 - HT smooth wires with optional offset wires on all "grazed" sides
Lowest-cost permanent fence design and the least work to build. Consists of up to 8 HT GreenCote® or galvanized HT smooth wires (6 plus 1 offset on grazed sides) suspended between well-braced wood-post end assemblies. Space wood or steel line posts up to 33 ft apart (reduce according to terrain).
Energizing 1 or 2 offset wire(s) instead of the primary fence wires is advised in humid areas. In humid areas this option produces high energy drain on energizers in late spring if either side is ungrazed, unless the hot wires are offset and/or herbicide is used.
This system enables animals to graze below the energized wires and remove grass that would, if left ungrazed, drain energy from the energizer. Because it has both grounded and energized wires, the fence works in both dry and humid areas.
A good pasture subdivision fence. However, sheep and goats may penetrate it during weaning, breeding or when driven. Also less effective for predators.
- Boundary fence where animal pressure is moderate and predators are not an issue.
- Pasture subdivision.
Points to consider:
- Lowest-cost permanent fence per year of useful life if installed correctly.
- Simpler fence design to install than woven wire.
- Economical for straight and level fences.
- Less suitable for heavy animal pressure.
- May not hold hungry sheep, goats or predators in dry or wintry conditions.
You also need an energizer for this fence. Please refer to the Energizer section of our website to determine your needs.
Tools: Post driver, hammer, HT wire cutters, HT wire dispenser, HT wire strainer, wire twister and a Super Crimping Tool.
Time: Dependent on site conditions.
Skill: Moderate; 70% of work and skill is in posts and brace assemblies.
NOTE: Dry conditions and wintertime usages—may reduce the effectiveness of electric fencing.
Listed below are the recommended components that might be needed to build this basic fence. (Some fence components have multiple choices.) Your particular situation may require alternative recommendations. If so, please call and talk to a fence consultant at 800-282-6631.