Temporary Fencing Types / The Electric Fence Superstore

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Temporary fencing can be used to divide pasture fields into smaller sections to better manage the forage in the fields.

Temporary fencing must be electrified in order for it to keep livestock properly contained. This is because it doesn't create a physical barrier, only a psychological boundary. Animals can easily break it. Even cattle that appear docile can get 'spooked' for various reasons and are much more likely to break down a polywire fence compared to a high tensile fence. 

Polytape and Polywire

A whit wire over a green grass background

This polywire provides a lightweight, portable means to separate paddocks. In this photo, you can see the grazed (right) and ungrazed (left) sides of paddocks.

Polytape and polywire are made from plastic in the form of a string (polywire) or a 1 to 2 inches wide tape (polytape). Both contain wire filaments that allow an electrical current to run through the fencing. Steel, fiberglass or plastic step-in posts make it very easy to move these types of fencing.

Net Fencing

two sheep grazing in front of a white fence with verticals and horizontals forming squares

Electric net fence like this one provides the opportunity to graze land without permanent fencing.

Another type of temporary fencing is net fencing. It mimics woven wire, but is made of the same materials as polywire. Step-in posts are placed at regular intervals in the net fence.

side by side images of a white plastic post and a curly pink one

Step-in posts like this plastic step-in post (left) and pigtail step-in post (right) are used to anchor temporary fencing.

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