Voltage Requirements for an Electric Fence

Save

The amount of electrical voltage required for an electric fence depends on the size and hide thickness of the animal the fence is supposed to contain, as well as the length of the fence. An electric fence creates a barrier for animals and people by using electric shocks to deter them from crossing the fence line. Electric fences are primarily used for agricultural purposes and the vast majority of them do not have the capacity to deliver a lethal shock.

Cows and Pigs

  • Powerflex Fence, an electric fencing manufacturer, recommends using a minimum of 4,000 to 5,000 volts for a fence designed to contain cattle and pigs. According to Nicole Castellano, the voltage emitted by a typical electric fence is between 2,000 and 10,000 volts.

Horses and Pets

Goats, Sheep, Bison and Deer

  • For animals such as bison and deer, which hunters may want to keep inside a fence and farmers and gardeners may want to keep outside a fence, Powerflex recommends a minimum of 5,000 to 8,000 volts.

    Sheep and goats have thicker hides. Powerflex advises using a fairly high voltage on these animals, suggesting a minimum of 7,000 to 9,000 volts to keep them contained.

Related Searches

References

  • Photo Credit Danger of Death Sign image by Hedgehog from Fotolia.com one of these things is not like the others... image by Scott Slattery from Fotolia.com
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

Related Searches

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!