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Animal voltage requirements

 

  • Fence Voltage*

  • (Recommended
    Minimum)
     

  • Characteristics/Tips

  • Keep In

  • Beef Cattle
  • 2,000 - 3,000 V
     
  • Bulls require a higher voltage as more aggressive.
     
  • Dairy Cattle
  • 2,000 V
     
  • If kept separately, calves and heifers require lower wires and
    less spacing.
  • Horses

     

  • 2,000 - 3,000 V

     

  • Intelligent, learn quickly, easy to control. A fence made of
    politape, wire or rope is less likely to injure if a spooked horse
    tries to run through it.
  • Llamas
  • 4,000 - 5,000 V
  • Thick coats insulate from electric shocks so require higher voltage.
  • Deer and Elk

     

  • 4,000 - 5,000 V

     

  • Spook easily and jump higher than most other animals.
    Above head height, electric high tensile fence recommended.
    Space wires close enough to prevent stepping through or heads
    between wires.
  • Sheep
  • 4,000 - 5,000 V
  • Wool insulates from electric shocks so require higher voltage.
  • Goats

     

  • 4,000 - 5,000 V

     

  • Some species have thick insulating coats requiring higher voltage.
    Tend to test fences - space wires low to ground and high enough to
    prevent being jumped.
  • Pigs
  • 2,000 V
  • Start wires close to ground as rooting animal and finish at nose level.
  • Pets
  • 700 - 1,000 V
  • Start wires close to ground.
  • Keep Out

  • Wild Hogs
  • 5,000 V
     
  • Aggressive and persistent. Deter from rooting by starting wires
    close to ground.
  • Wolves and Coyotes
  • 4,000 - 5,000 V

     

  • Very thick, insulating fur requires high voltage. Can dig to reach
    prey so place first wire low to the ground.
     
  • Bears
     
  • 5,000 V
     
  • Thick, insulating fur requires high voltage. Bait fences to train
    avoidance.
  • Deer and Elk
  • 4,000 - 5,000 V
     
  • Move quickly and often run through fences unseen so make fence
    highly visible.
  • Small Nuisance Animals
  • 1,000 - 2,000 V

     

  • Start wires close to ground as small and most species prone
    to digging.
     

Notes:
Fences enclosing both mothers and offspring require an electrified wire at the nose-level height of each.
Please see predator voltage ranges if you want to keep both animals in and predators out. To cover all predators use a minimum voltage of 5,000.
* Voltage levels are impacted by vegetation on the fence line, length of fence and type of wire. To check voltage levels on your fence line, use a Stafix Fault Finder or Stafix Digital Voltmeter.