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Gallagher Mapping Programme Provides Perfect Start For Conversion Project

A forestry conversion project used a specialised mapping programme to design a comprehensive electric fencing plan to get it right first time.

A forestry conversion project gave Central Plateau dairy farmers Glenn and Karen Speed a clean slate for fencing, and they were determined to get things right from the very start.

Three years ago the couple began converting 388 hectares of forestry, east of Taupo, into dairy pasture.

Before subdivision started, they sought technical advice from their local Gallagher On Farm Territory Manager, Darrell Jones, who used a specialised mapping programme to design a comprehensive electric fencing plan.

This plan showed the layout of fences and gates, the direction of current flow and the location of key components such as the energiser, undergate cables and earthing rods. It made it easy to accurately quantify the materials required to build the fence and provided the perfect guide for the Speed's fencing contractor.

Their new electric fence system is powered by a SmartPower MX7500 Energizer and split into four different blocks that can be turned off at the energizer or by remote control from anywhere on the farm.

The use of other high quality fencing components ensured that the system provides excellent power flow and exceptional stock control.

Glenn is thrilled with the final result. He says, "Darrell's technical expertise and the software he used, helped us to set things up properly from the start."

Now we've got a very good electric fence system that has plenty of power and only low maintenance requirements. Most importantly, it's a system that should be sustainable well into the future."

“...electric fence system that has plenty of power and only low maintenance requirements”