Electric fencing for cattle

When compared with stock fencing, electric fencing is a cost effective method to contain cattle. There are two main electric fencing systems that are ideal for cattle – both permanent and temporary.

electric cattle fencing diagram

Permanent electric cattle fencing

Corner of electric cattle fence with wooden postPermanent electric cattle fencing is constructed using treated timber posts which are installed at regular intervals, high tensile wire is then attached using appropriate insulators. The fence is then electrified using a suitable energiser.

This method of fence installation using timber posts and high tensile wire is the most durable electric fencing system available for cattle. Using high tensile wire instead of standard poly rope or electric wire means that the fence will have superior strength as well as being highly conductive.

The number of strands of electric wire required depends on the type of cattle that is being contained. Only one strand of electrified wire at 800mm high can be enough to contain dairy cattle, whilst larger breeds and beef cattle will require two strands, one at 400mm high and then another at 800mm high. The type of energiser that is needed will vary depending on the distance of the fence line, number of strands of electric wire and the type of cattle that is being contained.

Temporary electric cattle fencing systems (including dividing and strip fences)

Temporary electric fencing systems generally do not have the need to be as durable as a permanent system, therefore cheaper materials can be used. The treated timber posts can be substituted for a suitable polypropylene or steel post, whilst alternative wires can be used such as three, six or nine strand poly wire, seven strand galvanised wire or professional rope.

For more information about the products available please visit our Electric fencing equipment guide section.

Whatever your electric fencing needs Suddenstrike has a suitable product, whether you are looking for supply and installation or supply only. For more details on how Suddenstrike Fencing could help you with your electric fencing requirements, contact us on 01270 619147 or email mail@suddenstrike.co.uk.

Our team supply & install electric cattle fencing systems across Cheshire, Shropshire & Staffordshire, and surrounding areas including Liverpool, Manchester & North Wales. We also have a range of other cattle fencing and gates to consider, as well as handling pens, feeding and water troughs which you can see here.