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Utilising Electric Fence Switches

Utilise your Electric Fence Switches

The purpose of electric fences switches are obvious, they allow a farmer to isolate a section of fence when it's not needed, or when repair work is needed.

However the location of those switches, if well planned, can mean so much more to the person repairing the fence and even making additions to it as your farm grows.

Whether you are planning your farm from scratch, or working with what's already in place consider the best and easiest place for your fence switches because even a few hours spent today relocating some switches can save a lot of time fault finding in the future.

Some things worth considering:

  • Locate your switches in easy to find positions.
  • Spray the top portion of the post your switch is mounted on with fluorescent paint to help it stand out from a distance when you're looking for it.
  • As all switches are in some ways susceptible to the elements where possible face switches away from the worst of your weather.
  • At "T" or cross intersections of fences consider placing a switch allowing you to isolate each direction as having the ability to isolate one paddock when repairing a fault is a more practical than isolating many paddocks some of which may contain livestock.
  • Consider the distance between switches. You may like or even need the exercise provided to you when walking between the fence fault and the switch but if you have a long continuous run (e.g. a boundary fence) consider placing more than one switch in the run to save you the time. After all we know Murphy's Law states if there is a fault on a 3km fence line it's located 2.7kms from the switch.
  • Spray all switches with a surface spray once installed to help ease the build up of ants and other insects, repeat periodically.
  • Mark your switches or posts with the direction of current. It might be easy for you to tell which direction current is flowing but an arrow made with a permanent marker will ensure everyone knows.
  • Keep your design logical, there is no point installing multiple switches on one small paddock when one may suffice.
  • If you have any concerns with people opening/using your bungy and or taped electrified gates install a switch on the current feed side of the gate so that current can be turned off and the gate can be opened safely without fear of the user being zapped.
  • Regularly check your switches. A brief glance and an operational test whilst herding cattle, feeding cattle or any other task can help prevent problems or alert you to issues you otherwise may not be aware of.


Of course to make things even easier when it comes to your fences and switches, contact Krafty Farm Assistant and talk to us about Mapping Your Farm!