Livestock protection fences in difficult terrain

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Fence construction in high alpine terrain

Herd protection fences can also be erected on alpine pastures without any problems if the terrain is suitable for grazing. The area must be checked and evaluated before construction. The optimal herd protection fencing system is a lightweight, mobile fence that can be easily adapted over time. Regular maintenance and control of the feed current and electrical voltage along the herd protection fence are key elements of the alpine fence systems. Earthing in particular is one of the biggest challenges.

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Grounding in alpine terrain

The often dry and stony soils hinder good grounding. Without earthing, however, an electric fence is ineffective. Our colleague Thomas Schranz from the Tyrolean Oberland uses cordless impact wrenches to sink the earthing rods. He also recommends burying a long copper cable to improve the earthing. In particularly difficult situations, he uses net fences with additional earthing strands, which are then connected to further earthing rods along the fence at regular intervals. It is important to measure the voltage drop between the fence and earth. The lower the better.

Tips: The right fence location is very important. This includes, for example, not erecting the fence in avalanche cones and building it as straight and tight as possible. When building the fence, the resistance of the material to extreme weather conditions must be taken into account.