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Single Strand Electric fence for cows
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Phil    Posted 05-29-2001 at 07:37:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can I keep cows in with a single strand of electric fence? If so how far off the ground should it be? If I have enough wire I might use two strands, what would be the spacing between the wires. I am fencing in about 5 acres.

I also read years ago that an electric fence is a "learned behavior" and that cows have to be taught not to go near it. If I recall correctly the article said to put some feed or water near the fence so they get zapped and once is enough. Is this true or can I just put them in the pasture and they will learn on their own in their own time.

Thanks. Phil

stu pidasshole    Posted 11-24-2003 at 11:58:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
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Salmoneye    Posted 05-30-2001 at 04:53:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
One strand about 3 feet works great here in Vermont on Angus Steers, but most Milk Cows need 2 strand.
I have no idea why but it just seems to work out that way.
Maybe Holsteins are just smarter...

Larry    Posted 05-29-2001 at 18:12:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Here's a little trick to help keep track of the fence. Tape 40W florecent tubes to the wire every so many feet. They will flash when the electricity goes past them. When you get a short in the fence the tubes beyond the short won't light up.

Wolf    Posted 05-29-2001 at 17:13:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use one wire, about 3 feet up, tie ribbons on it, they learn on their own, no problems. Mine don't go near the wire, once they've been zapped. Make sure your charger is putting out a good jolt.

TomH    Posted 05-29-2001 at 16:52:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Also check local or state laws, I believe a single electric wire is not strictly legal for a perimeter fence here in PA, although it's often used. General rule for one wire is nose height. Cattle will learn on their own, they seem to know when it's charged and when they can go through without getting hit.

Alvin    Posted 05-29-2001 at 14:33:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
use barb wire much more effective, they notice it quicker. One other thing we do is tie cloth on the wire for ribbons so they can see the wire, makes they nosey to check out the ribbons and ZAP!! they will remember.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 05-29-2001 at 13:16:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This may not be the case for every one but, we had a lot of trouble keeping cows in with one wire. After we went to 2 wires the only time they ever get out is when the fence is not working. I have watched them pretty close & we had one who would get it's nose very close, then dart under when she got the courage up. With 2 wires she would get down on her front knees looking for a way under & evenually just give up & stay on the right side of the fence.

Phil    Posted 05-30-2001 at 06:58:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks everyone for the responses. It sounds like a single strand 3ft would keep them in but an additional wire is added safety and I'll probably use two. Okie-Dokie, when you added your second wire was it above or below the first wire or did you respace them and put them at say 2' and 4'. Thanks.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 05-30-2001 at 17:07:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The top wire is about 3ft. The bottom wire is at about 12". This seems to work best with my short horns. Since using this configuration, we only have problems when deer run thru the fence, breaking it.

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