Sheep Newsletter March 2013

In This Issue

    Get your netting ready
    for grazing season

    Training sheep to
    electric netting

    Netting mistakes to avoid

    Electric Netting Installation

    Sheep QuikFence
    Coming late spring


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Electric Netting Installation

It's easy. Take a quick look. Even for new users, it takes less than 10 minutes to go from a roll of out-of-the-box netting to installed net.

Electric Net Installation Video



New! Sheep QuikFence
Coming late spring

Goat Nets

Seen as a superior semi-permanent netting because the lowest strand is suspended 7" above the ground-reducing the amount of weed drain on the fence. This means the fence can be left in one place without the need spray the fence with herbicide or move the fence to mow underneath.

•  Easier to install and move than PermaNet and ElectroFence
•  The posts are built in so there are no questions on how far apart they should be and easier for any size person to get the right tension on the fence.
•  Should always be properly electrified.

A major benefit of electrified netting is its ability to be set up just about anywhere. Netting allows the user to graze areas that are "missed" by others. The grassy corner in the corn field, the brushy area by the pond or the steep bluff can all be fenced with netting and subsequently grazed by the flock. So take a look around your farm and see what bonus grazing you've been missing.


Get your netting ready
for grazing season

Sheep Netting

Getting netting ready before the grazing season begins by doing a
"pre-flight" check that will reduce the potential for headaches and hassles later on:

•  Unroll and unfold the net. Remove any debris.
•  Repair any breaks in the conductive horizontal strands with a fisherman's knot and clamp them with a brass ferrule (included in the repair kit supplied with each roll). Conductive string for repairs is included in the kit.
•  Mend any breaks in the vertical struts with a flexible hot glue or an epoxy. (This works surprisingly well.)
•  Check the posts. If you have any posts or spikes that are unable to be straightened, we offer replacement posts.
•  Fold and roll the net back up and replace the roll tie strings if needed.

The most common netting mistakes...

•  Not properly electrifying it. Animals escape and/or become entangled, which also damages the net. To avoid this, electrify the netting with a suitable energizer.
•  Using energizers that are too small to stop the livestock or critters to be fenced. If an animal learns that the barrier is not a threat, they won't respect the fence in the future. An energizer needs to be matched to the animal being fenced and the conditions (dry/moist) where it is to be used.
•  Allowing it to contact metal or wood. This creates a dead-short and renders the fence ineffective. The most common cause of a dead short (for us) is when the lowest energized strand is caught under the edge of the post and is touching the metal spike. To fix-turn off the energizer and reset the post with the strand in the correct position (not touching the spike).
•  Rolling netting up like a carpet instead of first folding it by the posts. (Even though we provide pictorial instructions, 70% of the nets that are returned to us have been rolled up like a carpet!)

See our Electric Netting Installation Video at left.
See our Sheep fencing options

If you stored a battery or solar energizer, get it out and check it! Test batteries for charge before hauling them into the field. A stored battery slowly but steadily discharges itself. Use a plug-in battery charger to recharge batteries. Make sure the charger is the right type for your batteries (a 12v charger works only with 12v batteries). Our small deep cycle batteries need a recharger with a setting of 2 amps or less.

Solar energizer units-the unit can be set facing the sun in order to recharge the batteries. Make sure the energizer is turned off. Leave it up to a week to make sure the batteries have received an adequate charge (depending on the level of discharge). Clean the panel of any dust or debris that may have accumulated while in use or storage.

See our energizers-110v AC Plug-In, 220v AC Plug-In, AC DC, DC Battery, and Solar.

For folks with questions on electric fence, give us a call 800-282-6631 or send an email and one of our consultants (with many years of fencing experience) will answer your questions.


1. Training sheep to electric netting

For electric net to be successful, new goats should be trained to electric net before sending them out to pasture. This helps create the pain barrier that temporary fence relies on to be effective.
Read more »

2. Netting Mistakes to Avoid

Assuming a fence will do something for which it was not designed. There are 3 basic fence designs. Don't confuse the abilities and limits of each:

1.  Fences that stop animals by pain.
If you crowd animals against these fences the animals will break through. The result is damaged fences, escaped animals and animals that have learned not to respect an electric fence.
2.  Fences that stop animals by physical strength.
We build these around corrals, handling yards and laneways. They work but are often too expensive for field situations.
3.  Fences that stop animals both by physical strength and
pain (energized strands).

Energized wires are important:
a.  To discourage animals (rams, bulls, stallions and billy goats) during breeding season.
b.  To hold back mothers and progeny desperate for each other during the days of weaning.
c.  To prevent animals from damaging posts and wires via scratching and rubbing (hair removal or general itches).

The most common netting errors
Allowing the lowest live strand of netting to be caught by the metal ground spike. Result-a direct short through the energized strand to the metal spike and deep into the soil. Voltage will be very low. Animals will escape. You will be frustrated!

Too much green vegetation
Green grass drains the "juice" out of any electric fence (the energy flows through the moisture in/on the leaves and stems). Either move the fence (if portable), or kill the grass with herbicide or graze/trim from under offset wires.

Rolling up net like carpets
70% of the nets we receive back from unhappy users are rolled up like a carpet. Instead, first fold up by picking up each post in sequence. Then only 6 ft of folded net is left to be rolled up.

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