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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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Gallagher Fencing Protects Lord of the Rings Movie Set

A unique challenge presented itself with the need to keep sheep out of six hectares of tourist attraction without looking out of place in the world of hobbits.


The Gallagher team sourced special camoflaged electric fence construction products to provide an effective yet aesthetically fitting solution.

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​Smart Fence portable electric fence system.



23Electric fencing, weighing and EID and water supply play critical roles in high performing cattle farms.
25Unique, safe electric fencing systems that cater for the lively and unpredictable nature of horses
58Rotokaia Farm’s new Gallagher i Series Fence Energizer is doing a great job protecting a valuable fodder beet crop from overgrazing.
62Mat Roberts says without the “dog fence”, they wouldn’t be able to farm sheep. “It really is that simple: Gallagher’s electric fence has been integral in our management of the wild dog predation.”
22A short overview on how to drive continuous improvement on dairy farms using electric fencing and weighing and EID systems.
12Find out how an electric fence system met the challenge of providing a solution that meets the needs of both cropping and livestock regimes.
75Agriseeds forage trial plots usually require three to four fences being shifted every day - the job has been made considerably easier thanks to a recent investment in seven Gallagher Smart Fence 2 units.
36Eight generations and 215 years of experience in the cattle business have taught the Lowe family of Smiths Grove, Kentucky the importance of quality when it comes to raising cattle.
64Canterbury dairy farmer Ian Hopping has done enough dairy conversions to know a good irrigator fence crossing system when he sees one. That’s why he chose to install the new Gallagher Irrigator Fence Crossing System on his latest conversion project in the Mayfield district.
66Gallagher will unveil an exciting addition to its intelligent Energizer range at this year’s National Fieldays.