- Jul 5, 2012
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- Copperas Cove Tx
Love that!Murray, No need to go jouleistic! Unless you are fencing cape buffalo or bison or something of that nature 64 joules
might be overkill. I see Cyclops has 'Brute' (8 joule) listed in mid $350's no shipping. If well grounded you will hear the
hallelujah choir if get into it. If that is not enough the Cyclops 'Super' (12 joule) will run you in the 5's and is more than
adequate. I know from experience a Cyclops Brute will kill a turkey if they try to hop a fence and get a wing hung up on
the wire. /////// Note of caution////// When you do get a fencer be sure to install a lightning arrester to protect your
investment. Also if you do not have one a directional fault finder is a good investment, It will show not only the joules in
the line but the direction of source of short or resistance. Wet weeds are hell on voltage! Good luck whatever way you go.
Hair cut and/or pour oil down the back. Oil makes the contact better, and they get one heck of a shock (like pour on for flies).The troublesome calves give them a hair cut. Then the wire will be on skin.
We always mark the hot wire with flagging tape about 5-6 ft apart. You want the calves to see it and stick their nose to it. Usually only takes once.When I built my electric fence I have the bottom and second from the top a ground wire, the other three are hot. I have also read somewhere on the net that you should have 1 joule per mile of fence.
Maybe put a aluminum can on one of your hot wires, they will be curious and bump it with their nose and hopefully get a good shock, and will respect the fence more. Other than that I'm out of ideas.
So you tried it after all, did ya....... hahahahahahahahaSo with a handful of green grass and my new work shoes on, if I touch the grass to the fence all I get is a tingle....
I did!!So you tried it after all, did ya....... hahahahahahahaha
Just can't help myself Your answer is invest in a real woven wire cattle fence, you will be amazed at how great it works, and the cattle can't escape. Problem solved!!Hopefully some of you's guys can help. My fence is kicking out 6k about like normal. No shorts. I went along with my fence checker and did find a couple minor ones and fixed em.
I got a couple calves that seem immune to a hot wire. Is it really just so dang dry that their hooves are acting as insulation? I've literally watched them go under and rub their back the entire time and never seem to get hit!
I even ran a second strand along the side they seem to prefer escaping from. Couldn't believe it, but yep, they even went UNDER the second strand!! And it was tight! So I know they made good hard solid contact the entire length of their back...
Or do I just have a charger that gave up?
Possibly putting out voltage but no amperage that makes it bite?
Depends, on the number of posts, how deep and how TIGHT you tension it. I've seen some that held up to 10' of flood water running over and thru it with lots of flotsam piled up against the wire. I do agree tho, on a top strand of good barbed wire, maybe 2.There are some cases where ww would work, but generally cattle ruin it unless you put electric fence on top and or on the inside.
Good to know, I am going to give this a try. Thanks for posting!I wished I had seen this when you originally posted it, MM. I was having the same problem and my fence charger normally would knock you off your feet.
With the drought, the ground was not strong enough to complete the connection for a shock. So I read the Gallagher manual.
Run your ground wire from the charger to the rods. And from the charger to the fence as the bottom strand at 16-18". Run the hot strand at 24-28" inches. Connect the bottom strand directly to every metal post you can. I already had 2 strands connected to each other so I only had to disconnect the bottom one and at each end, it T'd into a barb wire fence, which I tied into. Shazam! That lit everything up! Now, every time the calves tried to walk through the fence they would hit both the ground and hot at the same time and it would create a great shock. I switched all of my electric fences over to this method. I can even run it off battery or A/C.
It gets dry every year and this new method will remove some worry for me.