Gates for Electric Fences
- Easy one-handed operation
- Fast access in/out of the run
- Same netting connections for quick installation
Which gate is best for your situation?
- ElectroNet Gate—Best for internal sheep and goat paddocks. This gate can be quickly angled out from gate posts to guide the flock or herd in/out of a field. Use the 48" ElectroFence® gate for perimeter fences.
- ElectroFence Gate—A formidable gate for goats, cattle and perimeter fences. Best used in areas with significant predator pressure and jump-prone livestock. The 48" height increases visibility and security for all.
- PoultryNet Gate—Best for poultry runs or gardens. Where small predators and pests are a major concern.
Net Gate Comparison Chart
|Name||Height||Length||Verticals||Distance Between Verticals||Color|
|ElectroFence® Gate||48"||7.5' & 21.5'||Struts||12"||white/black or green/black|
|PoultryNet® Gate||48"||4' & 8'||Strings||3"||white/black or green/black|
Should they be electrified?Yes! Gates must be electrified in order to effectively contain livestock and deter predators. They are not a physical barrier.
How do they connect to netting?Stainless steel clips at each end of the gate provide the electrical connections (just like full length electric netting).
Can I use the gate between nets?Yes. If the net does not connect back to itself, and power needs to continue onward from the gate—Do this:
- Connect the pivoting end of the gate via the stainless clips.
- Close gate and lock handle.
- Connect gate to remaining net with a PowerLink.
- Unclip to disconnect power and open gate.
Rope & Spring GatesElectrified gates are inexpensive and much easier to install than steel gates. But they’re less durable. Key principles about most gates:
- They are pain barriers. They are not physical barriers. So they are not capable of standing up to pressure from physical crowding by livestock—not even sheep or goats.
- Visibility and effectiveness are related. Animals and humans can’t avoid gates that they cannot see.
Which gate to choose?
- Rope Gate—We prefer this gate over the Spring gate because it’s more durable and more tolerant of abuse and neglect.
- IntelliBraid Gate—This gate uses braided rope (stiffer) instead of twisted rope. RopeLinks secure ends of rope.
- Spring Gates—Popular gate that fully retracts if expanded. Uncoiled spring measures 16 ft. Galvanized or stainless steel.
To Reduce Risk and Liability...
Are electric fences a serious safety risk to humans?
Because touching an electric fence is painful and the voltages are high, most assume that the risks from an energized fence must also be high. That’s a myth. Consider that millions of people throughout the world are "exposed" to millions of electric fences every day—yet they are involved in (but are not always the cause of) less than one human death or serious injury per year worldwide. Compare that to the number of annual injuries and deaths that occur from human exposure to tractors, skid loaders, ladders, PTO shafts, balers, mowers, combines, bulls, stallions, rifles, shotguns, knives, etc. This is not to suggest that there is no risk at all. There is, indeed, a small level of risk. And with risk, there is also liability to the fence’s owner.
What NOT to do!
- Never place your head or upper spine near an electrified wire. Accidental head or neck contact can occur when pushing a voltage probe into the soil. Be careful when doing so to avoid head-to-wire contact!
- Never attempt to step over or climb through an energized fence of any kind.
- Never encourage anyone to touch an electric fence.
In 1991 an accidental fatality occurred when a young child’s head contacted an electrified fence while the child was crawling on wet grass. The fence was correctly installed and functioning properly. The energizer was a UL approved unit. As a result, Premier strongly advises against allowing toddlers access to any electrified fences. Also, due to this incident and others, experts now suggest that human contact by an energized wire to the head and neck may be the most dangerous point of contact. We urge all to especially avoid this kind of contact.