Continuing pressure on farm gate prices means effective utilisation of grass productivity is paramount for increased efficiency of livestock.
Rob Massey, managing director of Tru-Test electric fencing says that using an alternative to conventional post and wire fencing can prove more profitable for livestock farmers.
“Being able to move a fence, quickly and easily, as seasonal growing conditions change, means you are much more likely to graze grass at the optimum time.” says Mr Massey.
He explains that being able to identify short windows of regrowth and successfully managing them will significantly influence the productivity of that grassland. It even allows for stocking rates to be increased significantly, and potentially doubled in some cases, increasing productivity per hectare by up to 60 per cent.
“Set up costs are obviously much lower with an electric fence than a traditional permanent fence – around 90p/m compared with £6-8/m for posts, stock netting and barbed wire, however this is far from the only reason farmers should consider electric fencing options.”
Mr Massey says there are many other benefits for using electric fencing as an alternative to conventional methods:
Mr Massey encourages farmers to talk to each other, discuss designs, get advice and research the most suitable system for their farm.
However, whichever conclusion is drawn, it is imperative to invest in quality components, he says, this will lead to less maintenance problems, and increase the life expectancy of the fence.