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Using Pos/Neg electric fences
Fencing in Dry Conditions
Successfully using positive/negative fences
Nets available with Pos/Neg capability:

Soil moisture determines the conductivity (or not!) of soil. When the soil is dry, sandy or rocky, fewer electrons are able to be received by the ground system. The result is a weaker, less effective pulse that does not deter animals.

Try using a positive/negative (Pos/Neg) configuration in these conditions to ensure your electric fence has adequate grounding.

What is a (Pos/Neg) fence?

Pos/Neg fences are wired to use every other horizontal strand as an extension of the grounding system. In order to receive a shock from a Pos/Neg fence, the animal must touch both a positive (hot) and negative (grounded) strand at the same time. This will deliver more pain to the animal than an all hot net (Pos/Pos), because moisture in the soil is not required to complete the circuit.

Premier offers several styles of electric netting in Pos/Neg configuration for a variety of situations:

  1. Dry, frozen or rocky soil

    Dry soil increases resistance and decreases the conductivity of a traditional electric fence system. A Pos/Neg fence overcomes this by connecting half of the strands to the fence terminal while the other half is connected directly to the ground rod. The separate halves are insulated from one another to prevent short circuits. A PowerLink is used to make the secondary ground connection.

  2. Hard to fence livestock

    Some animals, due to heavy fur, dry hooves or minimal weight, are more resistant to a fence’s shock than those without. The connection between the animal and the soil is an integral part of any electrical fence system. Lightweight animals may make a poor connection with the soil. Upsize to a larger output fence energizer (more energy traveling in the circuit) or use a Pos/Neg fence to overcome poor contact.

Pos/Neg capable fences can be converted to Pos/Pos in moist conditions. Follow this link to learn more about grounding.

How to set up a Pos/Neg capable net
Positive/Negative electric fence diagram
Connect energizer fence lead
1. Connect energizer fence lead to positive net clip (top).
Plug-in (AC)
2. Connect energizer ground lead to the ground rod.
onnect a PowerLink
3. Connect a PowerLink from negative net clip (lower) to the ground rod.
How To Install a Positive/Negative Electric Fence
Electric Fencing and Accessories
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5 lights to indicate the approximate voltage on your electric fence. Can also be used to determine if your energizer is working properly.
Kube 4000 (Plug-In) Energizer Kit
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2.3 joule energizer capable of overcoming high-resistance soil conditions. See more Energizer Kits.
HogNet® Starter Kit
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Complete fence system contains all the essentials to keep your pasture piglets and pigs in, or to keep feral hogs out. Can be configured as Pos/Neg for dry, rocky, sandy or winter soil conditions. See more Electric Netting Kits.
Fence Chargers and Energizers
Energizers — from $99
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Pos/Neg PoultryNet 12/42/3 with drivable posts
Pos/Neg PoultryNet 12/42/3 with drivable posts — $136
A pos/neg capable poultry netting with drivable posts for easy installation in hard and rocky soils. Drivable posts can be struck with a Dead Blow Hammer.
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