Electric Fencing in the Winter

Written by System Fencing
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 — No Comments Yet

 What to do...


This winter, we are receiving calls from customers telling us that their electric fence is not working.  A perfect example of this is seen in the picture attached where the snow is so high that it is within 6” of the top of the fence post.  There is nothing we can do about Mother Nature and the amount of snow we have received this year, however, we CAN help you get your electric fencing working better for you.  Snow is a natural insulator and an animal that touches an electric fence when they are standing on lots of snow will not feel a shock.  An electric fence is controlled by an electric fence energizer (fencer).  This energizer produces an electric voltage along the fence line - also known as a “pulse”.  An animal, branches, weeds or anything else that touches the electric fence line “ground” themselves or complete the circuit.  Similar to a light switch, once you switch the light on, the circuit is completed.


So much snow.  Can you see the top of that fence post.

So much snow. Can you see the top of that fence post.


With a large amount of snow insulating the electric fence, the animal is not going to feel the shock of the fencing.  The solution is to use a double ground System. You will still need the electric line (most often the top rail that is connected to the positive connection on your energizer)  but to set up your fencing to include a double ground system, your second line below needs to connected back to the ground rods.  Simply put……what you are doing is producing an electric line and then a separate ground line that if the animal touches both lines at the same time it completes the circuit and they will receive a shock.

Double Ground System

Double Ground System


For more information on working with electric in the snow, ice and harsh winter please call us or email at 1-800-461-3362 or sales@systemfence.com  


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