Westonfence keeps Dorpers in, roos out on Outback NSW station
After comparing fencing types and styles, the Croziers installed Westonfence. They erected the first section in 2007, and now have about 100 kilometres for internal subdivision and animal containment, using Westonfence leaning offsets (or “slopers”) as an added measure to keep animals in.
Brothers Rick and Ben Crozier, along with their dad Allan, farm 72,900 hectares (180,000 acres) between two properties at Ivanhoe in Outback NSW.
They've run "Marfield Station" for 16 years, having previously operated another property.
The Croziers runs Dorpers, turning over 20,000 lambs a year and selling directly to Melbourne abattoirs for a range of different markets.
Rick says when they first arrived at "Marfield Station", they had to change the fencing.
"Dorpers are a lot like goats: they think lot more than your average Merino or crossbreed and tend to go for a wander. If they see food next door that's a bit better, they'll just go through a fence to get it."
Rick says to combat that, they upgraded the fencing.
"A lot of people have gone with hinge-joint or multi-wire fencing. We've tried all different types. Wildlife wrecks fences — roos just put great holes through hinge joint.
"When you start replacing fences every 10 years, that gets really expensive."
After comparing fencing types and styles, the Croziers installed Westonfence. They erected the first section in 2007, and now have about 100 kilometres for internal subdivision and animal containment, using Westonfence leaning offsets (or "slopers") as an added measure to keep animals in. Some 70% of it is electrified, powered by new Gallagher 10,000i Series Energizers.
"Probably the biggest two drawcards are they've got more power than anything else and the improvements with heat control so they won't slow down in summer.
"We've trialled other brands, but pretty much everything is Gallagher.
"We also have a series of Gallagher dual solar units powering boundaries, but there's a fair bit of fencing that we've put up and just haven't had time to get back to put the power back in it. But even without the power, the fence itself is acting as a natural barrier. The main reason for getting the power into it is really to stop the roos and other wildlife or ferals from digging. A lot of our country is sandy so it's easy for any animal to dig under it and put a great hole in it."
Rick says they went with the Westonfence system to deter feral animals before they actually touched the fence.
"It's a seven-wire fence, it's a pretty solid barrier. We've actually got some nine-wire fencing there as well — we're yet to put that up, but it will fill in the gaps even more strongly again."
He says since erecting the Westonfence, they've had less problems with feral animals and wildlife coming in.
"It's certainly reduced the numbers. You can continually tell: as soon as you put up a new boundary or a new division somewhere, you end up with a big build up of roos in that paddock because you've obviously entrapped them. Straightaway you know that it must be doing something, otherwise they'd still be flowing through like they were the week before.
"With the Westonfence, if a roo hits it hard and gets through, it doesn't wreck the fence, the fence returns to how it was and it can still stop the next animal. It's not easily damaged; it will still hold itself there. We've been really happy with it."