Rope Fences - Up to 5 strands
Consists of electrified rope (up to 5, though 2 or 3 is common) stretched hand-tight between wood or steel end and corner posts.
Line posts are wood or steel spaced up to 35 ft apart. As the ropes are only tensioned by hand (less than 40 lb), brace assemblies are usually not required at ends or corners.
Springs are installed at one end of each rope to maintain tension.
For drier areas, a wide-impedance energizer is advised.
- Subdividing pastures.
- Keeping animals away from hazards.
- Separating animals.
- Excluding livestock.
- Protecting trees.
- Animal lanes from corrals to pastures.
- An interim fence until a more permanent fence can be selected, afforded and installed.
Cost as low as 40¢ per ft
Variations in cost are driven by:
- Choice and size of rope.
- Number of strands of rope.
- Type of posts. Insulated steel and wood are more expensive but last longer.
- Choice of energizer. Solar units are the most $$. AC plug-ins are the least $$. The line post cost per ft and energizer cost per ft are similar for any number of strands.
IntelliRope(s)--how they compare: IntelliRope PE 4.5 vs. PE 6.0
The only difference is that 4.5 is smaller (4.5 mm diameter vs. 6 mm). Why? It has fewer plastic filaments. However, the metal filaments, conductivity and type of plastic resin are identical.
- PE 4.5 is easier to roll up and unroll.
- PE 4.5 is less expensive.
- PE 4.5 is less visible.
Beware of low-quality PE “rope”
A word to the wise—the recent success of electrifiable rope for horses has attracted “bottom-feeding” suppliers for whom profit is everything.
The best PE rope is made of virgin resin and contains enough UV additive to ensure that it should last 10 years. Sadly the human eye cannot spot this difference.
You also need an energizer for this fence. Please refer to the Energizer section of our website to determine your needs.
NOTE: Dry conditions and wintertime usages—may reduce the effectiveness of electric fencing.
We offer many fences to fit your situation, including different heights and lengths, multiple colors, drivable posts and positive/negative options for dry soils. Questions? Call our fence consultants at
Electric fence is a pain barrier, not a physical barrier. A common mistake is not electrifying it. Animals may escape or become entangled (and may die). On a % basis, entanglement is very rare, but it can and does occur. If animals are scared or starved it will not keep them in. The first time you put the animals in the net, you should be available to watch them for a while. That way if one were to get into the fence and get caught, you can turn the power off and get them loose.
Warning! Due to risk of fire, do NOT use continuous output energizers with electric netting or electro-plastic conductors such as rope, twine or tape. Use only with a low or wide impedance intermittent pulse energizer. (Fi-Shock™ brand energizers which are sold as low impedance, continuous current output should NOT be used with electric netting.) All energizers sold on Premier’s website use an intermittent pulse and are suitable for use with electric netting.
Dry conditions and wintertime usage may reduce the effectiveness of electric fencing. Ice and heavy snow can flatten netting and thereby damage it.
Dry or frozen ground may cause post spikes to bend or break if inserted with force. Pilot holes may be needed. We recommend using drivable or single spike posts in hard soils. Double spike posts provide more stability when the ground is soft.