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  • Testing Electric Fence Testing your fence when it is first constructed is always a good first step. This will give you an idea of what the fence voltage should be.  Test your fence with an electric fence voltmeter. The active voltage on the fence will usually be less than the output of the fence energizer due to resistance in ...
  • Sacrifice Paddock A sacrifice paddock is exactly that – a small lay of land utilized for heavy use without ruining valuable pasture.  Every farmer is concerned with livestock over-trafficking profitable fields and pastures during dry, wet, and cold seasons.  The sacrifice area makes problems like mud and manure manageable and decreases pasture maintenance. Usually this paddock is ...
  • Wire Gauge Thickness How does wire gauge correlate to thickness? Have you ever wondered why 12 gauge wire is larger in diameter than 16 gauge?  It doesn’t seem very clear until you think about how wire is drawn. Wire is formed by pulling rod steel through a series of dies that continue to get smaller and smaller.  As the wire ...
  • Benefits of a Solar Energizer Like an AC electric fence, a solar-powered (DC) electric fence can be used to keep livestock and pets safe and secure or wildlife and pests out. Unlike an AC fence charger, a solar fence charger uses a small solar photovoltaic (PV) panel to collect and convert sunlight into energy, which is then stored in the ...
  • Winter Grounding Old Man Winter shows no mercy on a farmhand and their stock.  Winter makes everything on a farm harder, even keeping the stock within the  fence line.  Last winter was  frigid, and we were asked  several times, “Why does my  livestock keep getting out  when my charger is working  perfectly?”  Frozen ground  conditions wreak havoc ...
  • New Floating Brace Design! A single-driven post brace design termed “Floating Brace” has recently been redesigned by Kencove as the Dynamic Diagonal Brace (HDD).  Like any floating brace assembly, it is both simple and effective, with nearly as much load strength as more complex H-braces. A floating brace is constructed by four main components:  an anchor post, diagonal, tension ...
  • Breaking Strength of High-Tensile Wire Often confused, PSI and KSI are really just a conversion of one another. In terms of advertising our wire PSI and KSI represent minimums relative to breaking strength. PSI=Pound per square inch KSI=Kilo-pound per square inch=1000 PSI 210 KSI=210,000 PSI PSI  used to calculate the breaking strength of wire Area=(½ x diameter)² x Π Where minimum breaking strength is =Area x PSI Example: 12½ ...
  • What is the Best Way to Train Pigs to Electric Fence? Like most types of animals – the best way to train them to respect electric fence is to build a training pen or yard, in which they will be exposed to the fence wire, get a shock and retain a lasting memory.  Do not crowd or force them into the wire, but rather, just let ...
  • Kencove Acquires PasturePro Kencove Farm Fence Supplies, a leading manufacturer and distributor of agricultural fencing supplies, announces that it has acquired Forester Industries, LLC. Forester Industries, LLC is the exclusive manufacturer of PasturePro fence products.  Using a patented process, Forester Industries creates lighter, stronger wood-plastic composite posts for electric fence systems.  Manufactured in Nevada, Mo., PasturePro posts contain no fiberglass ...
  • Building a Better Fence Charles Kendall, a successful Blairsville, PA dairy farmer, became frustrated by the time-consuming and occasionally painful process of working with barbed wire.  So, when he started a fence contracting business in 1980, he decided to explore techniques to improve the efficiency of fence building.  Kendall recognized the advantages of high-tensile wire and hoped to make ...