Multi-Strand Fences with Reels
The conductors are stored, unwound and then rewound onto large reels. Steel T, small wood (both insulated) or large FiberRods are used for end and corner posts.
SupaReels™ have a built-in friction brake to provide drag. The brake enables multiple strands to be unrolled at once by walking away from the post assembly while pulling on all strands at the same time.
- Subdividing large pastures to control grazing and reduce trampling.
- Strip-grazing rape, turnips, corn stubble.
- Short-term boundary fences on rented land for pretrained sheep or goats.
- Containing feeder lambs on alfalfa fields (e.g. as in California's Imperial Valley).
- Containing dry does and ewes when food, sexual libido and newly weaned offspring are not an issue.
Points to consider:
Because the wires on reel systems rarely exceed 4 wires, animals (insulated by their hair or wool) can push their heads between the wires if they feel the risk is worth it.
They are less likely to do this if:
- They're pretrained to the "wires."
- They're not starved.
- The energizer and conductor combine to produce a very powerful shock.
Cost: as low as 18¢ per ft
Cost varies because the same reel assembly and energizer is needed whether the fence is short (400 ft) or long (1200 ft).
The 3 strands by themselves cost as little as 9¢ per ft. Posts cost 5¢ per ft.
Reels last for decades. Twine may survive up to 5 years. FiberRods may last 10 years.
Tools: Maul or sledge to drive in the reel post support stake. Fence tester.
Time: About the time it takes to walk any distance (e.g. 1000 ft) twice.
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.