Electric Net Assembly and Storage

Kencove Electric Netting can be erected in minutes with no elaborate list of materials or special tools needed. Manufactured in the USA, the simple, lightweight design allows the fence to be moved and set up repeatedly, making for almost instant pastures and enclosures. And most importantly, an electric net fence protects precious livestock, produce, and even pets from predators and pests. One person can erect an electric net in ten minutes or less by simply unrolling the lightweight netting bundle along the chosen fence line and stepping in the posts. This is possible thanks to step-in posts already built into the netting. There are no pilot holes to dig and no special tools needed. Just apply pressure with your foot. Continue reading »

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Low Impedance vs. High Impedance

Historically, there have been three major impedance types for energizers: high-impedance, solid-state, and low-impedance. Of these different types, high-impedance energizers, for the most part, have been taken off the market. These were the older “weed burner” types. They had long, slow pulses, and they did burn through weeds, but they were also known to start fires and, in general, were not all that safe.

Solid-state energizers deliver a medium-amperage shock with a pulse of medium duration. These fence chargers are ideal for short-haired animals and pets, where weed loads are minimal. aprilrob_023_2012High-impedance and solid-state energizers should not be used on electric nets, polytape, or polywire fencing, as they do not function well with a great deal of resistance. There is also a possibility that the duration of the pulse will cause damage to the poly-filament and conductors.

Most modern-day energizers are now considered to be low impedance. The duration of the electrical pulse is the dominant factor. To be considered low impedance, the duration of the pulse must be less than .003 seconds. You can also relate impedance to leakage. With fence loading, a high-impedance charger will have more leakage of power, and a low-impedance charger will have less leakage of power. In general, low-impedance manufacturers have designed their pulses to be more streamlined, bullet-shaped, and of short length. This allows for more power going through vegetation and long lengths of fence line. Continue reading »

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Winter Tips for Jobe Valves

DavidByrdIt’s that time of year when temperatures fall, and folks find out if their watering systems are built to withstand the colder
temperatures or if things freeze and break. During the cold season, customers often ask, “In how cold of temperatures will the valves operate?”
So, here are some general tips for Jobe Valve products in cold weather.

In all cases, once the water reaches 32⁰ F (0⁰ C), the valves stop working.
Not only is the water frozen, but the valves have internal parts that are now not able to move properly due to being frozen in ice. Being lightly frozen does not harm the valves – and if thawed naturally (propane torches are not natural) – the valves typically go back to operating normally.  A light freeze is the where the temperatures reach a couple degrees below freezing for a few hours.  Enough to stop the water temporarily, but the water does not sit for days, expand, and break things.RichWojnar6

In most cases, the water lines burst before the valves get damaged, but every case is different.  If the valves freeze enough to actually break parts, this is NOT covered under the warranty. The valves are designed to work with water, not ice.

Here are a few recommendations for specific valves. Continue reading »

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Electric Netting

ENet_CirclesKencove takes pride in the fact that everyone’s favorite chicken fence is made right here in Blairsville, Pennsylvania.

Kencove Electric Netting is proudly manufactured in the USA and is designed to safely contain pastured poultry, while providing superior protection from predators. The lightweight, portable design is a time-saver for poultry farmers. You may also hear this fence referred to as electric poultry fence, electro-netting, or electric mesh netting.

Poultry farmers large and small are fond of electric netting because it is incredibly easy to move. “Customers love it because it can be set up and moved quickly and easily, with no tools required. You can have an enclosure in minutes,” explains Carla Castaldo, Kencove product specialist. The portable design allows farmers to move grazing poultry to new forage daily. A single, 164’ long electric net can enclose about 40’ x 40’ (1,600 ft2) when set up in a square.  Kencove Electric Netting is versatile, with models available to contain poultry, sheep, goats, dogs, and pigs, while keeping predators and rodents out. Nets are available in 82’ and 164’ lengths with a variety of heights and net configurations. Kencove Electric Nets have graduated spacing for added protection. Horizontal lines are spaced closer together at the bottom and farther apart at the top. To prevent electrical shorting during weed growth, the bottom line is non-conductive. Continue reading »

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Insulated and Non-Conductive Bracing Systems

Most fence contractors and professional farm fence builders will likely agree that the backbone of your fence system is the corner posts and bracing. Your corner posts, end posts, and gate posts are the beginning step, and installing them properly will help ensure a quality project.

Treated wood posts are most commonly used, but steel posts, native wood posts, and now composite posts can also be considered.BraceUnit_side

The bracing system most used in the USA is the standard H-brace method.  This is a proven method that is chosen by most installers for woven wire, barbed wire, and electric high-tensile fencing.
Another option is a floating diagonal corner brace, which does have merit, especially in rocky soils. It allows one structural post to be installed into the ground with floating diagonal braces. In essence, it allows for putting one post into the ground rather than three.

In the case of high-tensile electric fencing, there are certain considerations to be taken regarding insulating the electric wire from the brace post and end posts. This is normally achieved by an end-strain insulator on the end post with screw-on insulators on the brace posts. You do still need to keep your hot wire away from any diagonal brace wires or potential shorts. Continue reading »

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