Electric fencing and the importance of earthing...

With Ben Cullen


Why is proper earthing important?

How do you make a good earth rod/stake?

When setting up your new electric fence system, a good earth rod can often be overlooked. Earthing is a key component of your electric fence system, as a well-established earth ensures the electric shock will reach the animal when it touches the fence. Without a good earth rod, the ground connection simply doesn't work and the electric shock will either not reach the animal, or the joules stored to hit the animal will be significantly reduced. As a rule of thumb, use 3 earth rods or your energisers’ stored joules will be divided by 5!

An effective earth rod should be driven into damp compact earth/dirt. If your ground is rocky, dry and cracked you can make you own more conductive soil by putting a mixture of bentonite, loam, loose dirt and water into a 1.5m hole with a 1ft diameter.

Following Gallagher Australia's 4-3-2-1 rule, you can be certain the electric fence system will deliver a shock every time;

  • 4 metres between earth stakes
  • 3 earth stakes minimum
  • 2 metres minimum length of stakes
  • 1 wire connecting all earth stakes to the energiser earth terminal

Use this guide on your next fence to get the best BANG for your buck!

Contact us on (07) 4660 0400 or email me at; ben.c@dalbyruralsupplies.com.au for more information to get your electric fencing sorted!

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