When Joe the horse decided to use the family car as a scratching post, it inspired Bill Gallagher Senior to solve the problem by electrifying the car. Joe got the message and the concept for the world’s first ever electric fence system was born.
That was back in the 1930s and that innovative drive remains at the heart of the culture. We’re an international company now, still pushing boundaries and creating ever more simple and effective electric fencing solutions that have made farm life easier.
Today, both permanent and portable electric fencing products are used all over the world.
Electric fencing is ideal for grazing or pasture management by containing animals in a selected area. It may also be used to protect gardens and landscapes from animal damage.
Electric fences work by producing a short, safe and memorable shock for the animal, creating a psychological as well as a physical barrier.
Read on to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of electric fencing, what farmers use them for, how they compare to conventional fences and what key things you need to consider when selecting the right fence for you.
“We jumped from three tonne to up to 16 tonne last year – and it wasn’t a good year condition-wise for the crop. On top of that, the grass was way too high because I couldn’t get up the hills to mow. So that 16 tonne was more like 18 tonne, after we lost a couple of tonnes – but if we didn’t have the pig fence in place, I would have not picked up one nut because the pigs would have had it all."Read more
“The impact on productivity has been dramatic in our back country: there’s 600 acres [243ha] of hill country we’ve fenced that struggled to run 1,000 Merino wethers when we first came here. Now, with pasture improvement and the Gallagher Westonfence, we now fatten lambs and cattle on that same country. The difference is huge.”Read more
Hungry, worm-ridden kangaroos in large numbers make a significant dent in feed and water that was originally destined for sheep.
Add to that the issues that feral pigs create when rooting up the ground and it was time for an electric fencing solution.
Read how the Axfords have eradicated the pig problem altogether and brought the roo invasion down from some 1700 to just four.
“Our idea is to put a solar unit in each paddock, with each paddock running separately so if something goes wrong, the whole system doesn’t fail. We were going to try a unit, but Dad liked these S400s so much that he bought two of them at once.Read more
After major damage to stud stock, fencing and fodder by feral and wild animals, electric fencing is giving this family back its farm. And all being powered by solar, means the efficient, cost-effective benefits of electric fencing are a solid option in the Outback.Read more
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