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Get To Know Your Electric Fence Types

Get To Know Your Electric Fence Types

The best electric fence is the one that is suited to your specific on-farm needs. The table below outlines the 3 main types of electric fence structures to help you identify which fence type best suits your needs. Remember, you can always speak to our in-store team who can assist you with all enquiries. 


Portable / Temporary

Semi-Permanent / Permanent

Permanent /High-Tensile

Length of Fence Placement

Short-moves frequently

up to 10 years*

20 years + *

Ease of construction Simple Easy to medium


Requires special tools or fencing contractor

Best recommended for

Horses, cows, pets, domestic animals

Deer, horses, cows, sheep, goats, pigs, exotic animals

Deer, horses, cows, sheep, goats, pigs

exotic animals, predators

Containment Area Short/small Unlimited Unlimited
Priamary Need Temporary containment/strip grazing

Pastures and internal fencing

Boundary and internal fencing

Key Benefits

Easy to install and relatively inexpensive.

Offers great flexibility and portability

Can use any combination of post and wire types


Optimum strength for livestock management.

Longer fence life with minimal maintenance.


Main Fence Components

Post Type

Tread-ins, pigtails or fibreglass posts

Wood posts and battens, steel posts, fibreglass posts

Wood posts, steel posts

Wire Type Poliwire, tape, rope or braid

Poliwire, tape or rope, steel or galvanised fence wire 

2 mm (14 ga) - 2.5 mm (12.5 ga)


high-tensile wire

2.5 mm (12.5 ga) - 4 mm (8 ga)

Energiser Type Portable solar, small mains/battery Unigizer Mains, Unigizer, battery, portable solar

Mains, Unigizer™, battery


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