Electrified Modular Netting
Strip, Block, Cell, Rationed, Controlled or Rotational Grazing
In the management of all stock, sheep, cattle, goats, pigs, poultry or Alpacas on pasture, the principle of "Fence the herd, mob or flock, not the paddock" is becoming widely used. No matter which name is applied to it, the benefits of strip, block, cell, rationed, controlled or rotational grazing are numerous. These systems allow short term, heavy stocking rates on restricted areas of pasture followed by appropriate rest periods. All plants are eaten rather than just the palatable ones and careful monitoring allows this without over-grazing. The benefits of frequently moving animals on to fresh, nutritious, palatable pasture are great. There is a consequent increase in pasture quality and soil fertility due to the small enclosures being heavily dunged then allowed to fully regenerate. The rapid eating down of pasture also allows sunlight to destroy parasitic larvae, and eggs with a consequent improvement in animal health.
Electrified modular netting combines these advantages, with almost total protection from predators (foxes, dogs and feral pigs), making for a highly productive and cost effective system.
To take an example. A farmer with prime lambs on good improved pasture and a basic kit of l4 rolls of flexible netting, and a high powered 12 volt DC or mains energiser, could fence two blocks 100 metres by 100 meters (10.000 square meters, see illustration).
When block A is grazed down,
partially open the dividing netting
fence (4) and allow the lambs into
block B, close the dividing fence and
take down sides 1, 2, and 3 from block
A and move them to form block C.
This process is repeated for as many
times as there are suitable pasture blocks.
It is of course not restricted to prime
lambs being equally useful in the cell
grazing of cattle, pigs and poultry.
The beauty of this system is that one does not need to fence the whole property with costly fixed fencing. Just think what it would cost to fence an entire farm with high tensile 4 or 5 line permanent electric fence. What is seldom considered is the wastage when using kilometres of permanent electric fence. If you have 10 kilometres of fencing it is likely that you are only using about 10 per cent of it for animal control. If the fence has an average life of ten years you have effectively used each kilometre for one year, whereas with electrified modular netting, which has an effective life of up to ten years, you will be using it every grazing day to keep your animals under control.
There is a real need to farm in a more businesslike, flexible, and regenerative manner. Electrified modular netting is a tool that can be used to achieve this aim. For example it is possible to use electrified modular netting to "stack" poultry immediately behind cattle or sheep. There are now three elements in the system - pasture, ruminants and birds. This increased biodiversity leads to increased and more complete fertility, better parasite control and higher profitability together with rehabilitation of the land.
THESE FLEXIBLE SYSTEMS NEED FLEXIBLE FENCING
AND THERE IS A SYSTEM THAT CAN DO THE JOB