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Temporary Electric Fencing Guide

A temporary electric fence works well for maintaining a small number of livestock for relatively short period of time. The fence can be quickly constructed and moved as often as needed. Temporary electric fences are terrific choices for cattle and horses. They are sufficient for sheep and goats, but require more work and greater attention to detail (i.e. wire spacing, available posts, line tension, etc.). Temporary electric fences are also excellent for overnight trail rides to control horses and on camping trips to keep unwanted animals away from your camp site.

 

Fence Posts

Temporary electric fences are generally constructed with either pigtail tread-in posts or heavy-duty plastic tread-in posts. For more information on these products, contact your nearest Patriot retailer.

 

Fence Wire

For temporary fences, good poliwire, polirope, or politape with at least 6 strands of conductors are the best choice.

All Patriot temporary fencing wire contains 6 stainless steel conductors and white UV stabilized yarn for greater visibility and longevity. The biggest difference is the thickness and visibility of the different products i.e. politape is larger and therefore more visible than poliwire.

 

How Do You Join Poliwire or Politape?

To join broken (or separate ends) of poliwire or politape, use a cigarette lighter to burn away the plastic yarn in order to expose the stainless steel wires. Twist and join the wires together, then tie the poliwire or politape in a knot. The electrical current can then pass through wires.

For ½in politape or 1½in politape, you can also use the Patriot Tape Buckle.

 

Can a Temporary Fence be Used as a Boundary Fence?

No, a temporary fence is not suitable for a boundary fence. A permanent fence is a much better choice.

 


1. Section of temporary fence using Pigtail Tread-In Posts and Politape.    2. Section of temporary fence using the Sentinel Tread-In Post and Poliwire.