Story: Farm fencing

Portable electric fence

Portable electric fence

This portable electric fence unit from 1949 is hooked up to a barbed wire, and delivers a short sharp shock to animals that push against it. As the units became more efficient, farmers used lighter wire. Modern systems use nylon cord with light strands of metal woven through it. This is much easier to handle and to move.

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Reference: AANR 6329 25 K2960

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Robert Peden, 'Farm fencing - High-tensile and electric fencing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 May 2022)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008