Electric fencing for pigs
Electric fencing is a popular method of containing pigs, especially over larger areas such as free range pig farms.
Electric fencing for pigs requires careful planning to ensure that the most suitable fence is installed using the correct method and most suitable materials. This is to ensure that it is strong enough to contain pigs whilst keeping other animals out. Pigs, when rooting, tend to heap soil to fence lines, causing the power to short. It is essential that a durable fence material such as galvanised wire is used. This will allow the lines to be cleared without fear of damaging the wire itself.
Pigs have a tendency to run forward when shocked, so a tensioned system will also provide a solid physical barrier.
Depending on the individual’s requirements, there are three types of electric fencing most suited to containing pigs – permanent systems, temporary systems and electric netting.
Permanent electric pig fencing systems
Permanent electric pig fencing systems are constructed using multiple strands of electric wire. This is then attached to treated timber posts installed at regular intervals with appropriate insulators. The fence is then electrified using a suitable energiser.
This method of fence installation, using timber posts and high tensile wire, is the most durable electric fencing system available for pigs. Using high tensile wire, instead of standard poly rope or electric wire, means that the fence will have superior strength as well as being highly conductive.
To contain pigs, two strands of electrified wire will be required at 200mm and 400mm high. The type of energiser required will depend on the distance of the fence line, number of strands of electric wire and the type of animal that is being contained.
Temporary electric pig fencing systems (including dividing and strip fences)
Electric wire and rope
Temporary electric pig fencing does not have the need to be as durable as a permanent system, therefore cheaper materials can be used, however the fence line must still be able to retain a high level of wire tension. The treated timber posts can be substituted for suitable polypropylene or steel posts, whilst alternative wires can be used such as three, six or nine strand poly wire, seven strand galvanised wire or professional rope.
Electric pig netting
Electric pig netting is ideal for temporary pig enclosures, especially if there are piglets present. It can also be used as temporary portable fencing for pigs. Once installed it forms a complete fence and is available in 50m lengths, including posts. The posts are fitted within the netting using single or double spikes. The horizontal strands of the netting conduct the power. The top strand is reinforced whilst the bottom strand is of higher strength but does not conduct.
For more information about the products available, please visit our Electric fencing equipment guide section.
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