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Advantages of Power fencing

  • It is low cost compared to conventional fencing. This is a major advantage where capital expenditure has to be controlled or reduced.
  • It is easy to construct. Materials are generally much lighter than for permanent fences and there are fewer components required, particularly intermediate fence posts and battens.
  • A well-constructed power fence will last a long time as there is minimal stock pressure on it. Animals don’t push up against it to graze into the next area and lean on the fence.
  • It makes subdivision easier so farmers can carry out better grazing control. Pasture growth varies greatly over seasons and the position of fencing needs to be flexible to respond to this need.
  • A Power fence is easier than a conventional fence to modify or shift to meet changing management requirements.
  • Power fences do not damage stock. There are still fences on farms, often boundary fences where the top wire and often one in the middle that is barbed. Barbed wire causes millions of dollars worth of damage to stock (hides, skins and udders) and is not necessary in today’s farm management.
  • Stock forced through a Power fence are not injured as can happen with a conventional fence. A Power fence would give way and collapse, preventing smothering of stock which can happen very quickly.
  • Power fences if constructed properly can be aesthetically acceptable.
  • They can be also be used to protect trees planted beside them from grazing stock, thus providing badly needed shade and shelter on New Zealand farms.

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