Improving Electric Fence Setup


Oregon TrailsWe have gypsy sheep (no it’s not a special breed). It’s what my brother started calling them because they don’t have a real home. My husband and I don’t own any farm ground but we know people that do. So we take our sheep where there are weeds, grass and blackberries to eat.



In our experience people with blackberries do not have fences that will contain the sheep, so we bring our own. We use three strands of electric poly wire and step-in plastic posts. For the most part this is successful.

The benefit of temporary electric fence is that it is temporary. The challenge of temporary electric fence is that it is temporary.

We’ve been at the temporary fence thing for almost exactly a year now. In that time, we have found some short cuts and simplifications for the process. For example, when we first started out, we did wood panel gates between each of the pastures. While in theory this is a good idea, we’ve learned that it’s easier just to lay the fence down; the sheep will walk/jump over and we can drive over it, too. This eliminates the need for connector wires buried in the ground at each gate and reduces potential connection issues with the electricity.

6/16/2014 7:26:00 PM

Hi Sarah, thanks for the info on the electric fencing. I am just getting started with sheep (3 East Friesen/Laucaune crosses) and got a net-type fence. Its okay now while the herd is small, but larger pens, not so much! I'm going to save it for the chickens. Your setup makes a lot of sense. Where do you get the step on type posts? Thaks

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