Solar Power “Greens Up” Ranch Fencing | Livestock

Fencing is one of the most expensive requirements for ranchers. This is especially true since the cost of metal wire fencing has drastically increased in the last two years. Fences also have ongoing maintenance costs, when they must be repaired because of  livestock pressure. In addition to such maintenance costs, ranchers also risk the loss of livestock to predators and highway traffic when fencing goes down. So many ranchers are switch from the traditional barbed wire to electrified high-tensile fencing that sends a powerful shock to predators outside the perimeter and to livestock inside the pasture.When electric fences were first introduced, they were powered by either a connection to an AC power supply or a 12-volt battery. But now ranchers are installing solar powered electric fence chargers much more frequently. A 12-volt battery eventually runs down and needs to be recharged or replaced, while an AC power supply is simply not available in remote ranch areas. That’s why livestock ranchers are installing solar fence chargers much more frequently. In addition, a solar charger is powered with free energy from the sun. Many solar chargers cost between $300 to $400 for the initial installation cost, but thereafter make no dent in the rancher’s electric bill. So a solar charger is a very cost-effective fencing solution when installing an electrified fence.A solar fence charger is ideal for fencing those medium to large size and remote areas to keep livestock in and predators out with 8000+ volts. Many solar chargers will electrify 25 to 30 miles of fencing. They also include a 12-volt battery that electrifies the fence at night and on cloudy days. In fact, many solar chargers can store enough energy to power an electric fence for 2 to 3 weeks without sunny days. For added security when fencing large animals, such as cattle and bison, it’s best to electrify at least 2 wires in a four to six strand fence.A rancher simply needs to hang the solar charger in a sunny spot, install non-insulated fence tape or wire. Then drive a ground rod into the soil, connect up the charger, and turn it on.When shopping for a solar powered electric fence charger, make sure that it has a two-year warranty that cover defects in materials and workmanship. Many companies will also offer free shipping within the continental United States.