Roll up your sleeves and build, build build – fence building course in South Tyrol showed how it’s done

When it comes to livestock protection, many questions arise concerning the correct implementation. What is a plus-minus fence? Should you use a wired fence instead of a netted one? How big does a night pen have to be? How do I protect my animals at a water course?

These and many more questions were answered at a 3-day fence building coures at the Salern competence centre in Salern, South Tyrol. Students of the agricultural school as well as prospective shepherds and shepherdesses were taught by our experts and guided throughout the day.

How the day unfolded

The course began with a short introduction into the topic of livestock protection. The basics of circuitry were additionally explained and following that, they dove right into the practicalities. The participants were taught a lot of new things within a short time. They learned how to properly “ground” a fence, what could potentially disturb circuitry and how to avoid power loss. The three speakers present were highly experienced, having accumulated knowledge on the subject over the course of several years. As a result, they revealed tips and tricks that you wouldn’t find in a textbook. The day was a fantastic opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of the correct way to implement livestock protection.

When I’m up on a mountain pasture, I have to work with whatever I have at hand. That often calls for improvisation.

At least according to a speaker who tasked participants with constructing an appropriate fence for livestock protection on a steep slope, with only a few posts. But it worked out, thanks to good advice. The speakers are themselves experienced shepherds and livestock owners, and expertly guided participants through the task.

At the same time, they demonstrated the advantages and disadvantages of different fences and materials. For example, a 4-banded fence with a missing lower band can benefit lambs that might otherwise get stuck in the fence. T-post permanent fences are also an alternative option for mountainous terrain – the posts stay put, but the bands can be removed in the autumn.

Water courses can present a challenge for the setup of a protective fence for livestock. But the experts presented a solution. Near water courses you can use chains and existing fences can be reinforced with bands. These were only a fraction of what was taught, and participants were immediately given the opportunity to implement these techniques. All in all, the course was positively received, especially its practical nature and expert advice. “Learning by doing” was the operative phrase here, and only through this can a deep insight into practical livestock protection measures be achieved.

Further courses in South Tyrol will follow, you can soon find more information about this on our homepage!

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