Fence as a Management Tool. by Rodney Todd OSU Extension Rational livestock control is the key to intensive management of pasture forage. Management A tool to control animals; forage growth, availability and utilization. A tool to provide forage plant rest and recovery.
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They require care and use, or they are more liability than asset.
“Don’t tie up more resources in fencing than you can effectively use.”Economics
Paddock size is relative to feed resource and animal numbers.
“Think animal-time units (eg. Herd- days), not just acres.”
Because feed resource (animal-days per unit area) changes with season, paddock size, duration of stay, or stocking rate must also vary.
Paddock number influences REST period, the key to forage management.Paddock Number and Size
“If you don’t have time and money to do it right, when will you have time and resources to do it over?”Construction and Maintenance
“Primarily a training device.”Electric Fences
Low Impedance = less than 0.3 milli-seconds
Use battery type only when necessary.
Solar chargers are convenient, but costly.
Provide plenty of grounding!Charger/Energizer Selection