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Electric Fencing

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.​

An introduction to electric fencing


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.



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Electric feral fence boosts hay production 4-fold, eliminates pigs

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. 

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​Smartfence portable electric fence system

​Smart Fence portable electric fence system.



17Electric fencing has revolutionised pasture management techniques meaning better profitability for farmers. Permanent or portable systems are used to subdivide pastures for more effective grazing, keeping the grass fresh, short, high energy and palatable which ultimately leads to increased milk and meat production.
51Strip grazing sheep saves vineyard $15,000 in costs
43After a very bad run with livestock mauled by dogs, Dan and Linda Petty decided to put electric fencing around their Yuraraba property in southern Queensland.
44Mat Roberts says without the “dog fence”, they wouldn’t be able to farm sheep.
47Being able to weigh 500 cattle in three hours is a major advantage of the TSi Livestock Manager for Phil Redding.
48Electric feral fence boosts hay production 4-fold, eliminates pigs
72After major damage to stud stock, fencing and fodder by feral and wild animals, solar-powered electric fencing is giving this family back its farm.
73Gordon Brown likes a fence “that’s stock proof when the power’s down, and bullet proof when it’s electrified”.
85When the Betts family acquired the 410 acre property in 2013, the farm was set up for cattle with conventional (non-electrified) fencing used for every paddock. Initially, Owen ran cattle for a short time before switching them out for a flock of Dorper sheep.
87Lance Pope got more than he bargained for when he chose Gallagher products to fence his Brahman bull breeding operation at Glenborough in Queensland.