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Electric fencing is an effective solution to control animal movement in a specified area. We want you to understand how electric fencing works so you can create an effective system.

New to Electric Fencing?

Electric fencing is an incredibly useful tool for a variety of wildlife conflicts, however, it can be quite confusing for beginners.

Electric fencing works like any simple electrical circuit. The power source (or energizer) provides the energy needed to generate an electric pulse, this pulse is then sent throughout the fence through wires. The circuit remains open until an animal comes into contact with a hot wire (meaning a wire that is electrified) and completes the circuit.
It is important to pay attention to detail when building an electric fence because you want the maximum level of charge to reach the animal and deter their behaviour. 
An ineffective or low energy fence could result in the wildlife learning to physically exploit the system.
There are two types of energizers, solar and mains/battery.

The type of battery you choose will depend on the site's access to electricity.

If your site can access electricity through an outlet, a main/battery is recommended (be sure to protect your fence from outages by using a surge protector).

If you cannot access an outlet for your fence, solar energizers are the solution.

click here to shop energizers.
The wire carries the electricity from the energizer throughout the fence.

The wire is what delivers a shock to the animal when it is grounded and makes contact.

click here to shop wire.

Like any fence, a post is used to provide structure.On an electric fence, posts are also used to mount wire - through the use of insulators.

Posts can be made of a variety of different materials, from wood to fiberglass to steel.

The duration of a fence, soil type and target animal will determine which fence post is the best choice for your job.

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Insulators are a type of fencing hardware that allows you to attach the wire to the post.

Insulators are required to ensure that all of the electricity coming from the energizer is available to deliver a shock to anything that makes contact with the fence wire.

Without proper insulation of the wires, a fence can short - meaning that it will be less effective in deterring animals. Insulators are made for the specific type of post that they are insulating.

To shop insulators, click here.

Electric fencing requires grounding to close the circuit when something makes contact with the wire.

Grounding can be achieved through a ground rod or ground plate,

click here to shop grounding.

Gates provide a safe and easy way for humans to pass through the fence.

There are a variety of gates that you can install depending on your fence system and preferences.

click here to shop gates.

Planning an Electric Fence Project?

It is important to consider multiple factors when planning your electric fence. Many of the materials depend on the site, so it is a good idea to think about these before you purchase fencing materials. We have outlined some of the considerations below to help you begin a new fencing project.

* Remember that when you implement a fence, it is important to be thoughtful as an ill-prepared fence may teach animals how to exploit it in the future. Doing it right the first time, alleviates future problems and expenses. *

Fence Area

In your planning, you will want to measure the area you are fencing, include the number of corners and gates. For very large projects, the fence area may require multiple energizers to power the fence in sections

Fence Duration

You will want to think about how long your fence will be used. Temporary or seasonal fences may require less heavy-duty materials

Soil Type

The type of soil is important because it determines the type of posts and grounding that you will need

Target Animal

If you are thinking of using an electric fence, chances are you already have a target animal in mind. Materials like wire, posts and energizer are dependent on the type of animal you are trying to manage

Margo Fence Projects

Since the inception of Margo Supplies in 1980, we have been contracted to implement many large-scale electric fencing projects. We take the time and care necessary to ensure that every fence we install is as effective as possible. This includes training staff and property owners on the maintenance and safety around the fence and providing custom site documents to ensure the longevity of the project.

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