Goats are amongst the more difficult animals to keep. A powerful energiser with a high output voltage and powerful discharge is required. If it’s not possible for you to use a mains powered device, we recommend a powerful 9 V battery device or even better – a powerful 12 V battery unit with high voltage and pulse energy. Normal fences require several rows of wire. Special plastic posts and high-conductance wires are also available for this type of fence. Very powerful energisers are needed when using electric fence netting e.g. the 50 m electric netting, item no. 27200.
There should 5 rows in the electric fence at heights of 30 cm, 45 cm, 60 cm, 80 cm and 105 cm.
The following posts have proven to be particularly good products: e.g. item no. 44458, plastic post, 126 cm. You can, of course, use any other posts that have the required fence height and necessary eyelets for connecting the conductors.
The quality of the wire used should be matched with the length of the fence. The quality of the wire should be at least e.g. item no. 44540 braided wire 200 m. Longer fences require a high-quality wire to ensure there is still sufficient voltage at the far end of the fence. e.g. electric fence polywire 400 m, 1 x 0.25 copper + 4 x 0.2 stainless steel, red / white.
A 5**** marking on the wire indicates the best quality. The conductance of this wire is significantly better than those indicated with ** markings. This means considerably longer fences can be built.
230 V electric fence mains energiser
For normal fencing we recommend, for example, the 230 V electric fence mains energiser NV 5500
Larger fences and fences with disturbances and surrounding vegetation will need, for example, the extra powerful 230 V mains energiser Nvi 9000.
Operation with 12 V battery unit:
The right device here is, for example, the 12 V electric fence battery unit AV 6500 or for longer fences the 12 V electric fence rechargeable-battery energiser Avi 8000.
Operation with a 9 V battery unit:
for shorter fencing, an energiser such as the 9 V electric fence battery-powered energiser Extra Power 9V, for example, will suffice – even better would be, for example, the 9 / 12 V battery energiser BV 2600.
The mains energiser requires a good grounding connection to ensure it operates without any disruption. The number of grounding posts requires is specified in the technical data for the energiser. Further information can be found under "Tips", in the GROUNDING chapter.
Various testing devices exist for checking the operational status of the fence. For simple measurements, a device like the "8-step" fence tester (Item no. 44700) is sufficient.
A fence switch is extremely handy in situations in which the fence requires any repair work. This allows portions of the fence to be turned off so that the faulty part can be repaired without danger.
Fence switchesThese allow the current to be turned off so that you can safely work on the fence without having to make a long walk to the mains energiser. E.g. Item no. 44731 fence switch, green, with red knob.
Lightning protection is a legal requirement when using 230 V mains energisers!
For reasons of technical safety and in order to protect the energiser, we recommend the use of lightning protection. e.g. item no. 44732 lightning protection equipment with spark gap. This prevents the energiser from being destroyed and any further damage from occurring if lightning strikes the electric fence. Further information can be found under "Tips", in the LIGHTNING PROTECTION chapter.
It is a legal requirement that any electric fence systems placed near to public roads and pathways are clearly indicated by a warning sign according. Attach clearly visible warning signs at a recommended interval of 10m to 50m, but not exceeding 90m and at entrances to paths and locations, where an electric fence may not be expected, carrying the phrase "Electric Fence"(Item no. 44842).