Electric Fencing Quiz

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Electric Fencing Quiz
Test your electric fencing knowledge in 10 questions


1. The layout of your electric cattle fence infrastructure should reflect:

Your strategy to provide drinking water to your cattle during the pasture rotation.

Your plans for maximizing cattle weight gains.

Your winter grazing strategy.

Your strategy for minimizing disease pressure in your cattle herd.

All of the above.

None of the above.



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2. Which statement below describes how electric cattle fences can be used as a powerful pasture management tool:

A well-designed fence layout and grazing strategy can dramatically increase pasture yields, even without adding additional fertilizer.

Your fence layout and grazing strategy can improve grass quality in your pastures even without adding additional fertilizer.

A well-planned fence layout and daily pasture rotation will gradually improve soil fertility and loosen compacted soils.

The grazing impact created by a well-designed fence layout can stabilize soils and reduce erosion along sensitive creeks and ponds, and can reduce the risk of flooding by removing debris from flood channels.

All of the above.

None of the above.


Pasture Management with Electric Fences

3. A well-designed electric fence grid is a powerful tool that you can use to dramatically increase how much rainfall will be absorbed by your pasture soils. What is the average percentage of all rainfall that is lost to evaporation and run-off?

9% is lost to evaporation, 25% is lost to runoff, leaving 66% of rainfall to be absorbed by the soil.

66% is lost to evaporation, 25% is lost to runoff, leaving 9% of rainfall to be absorbed by the soil.

25% is lost to evaporation, 66% is lost to runoff, leaving 9% of rainfall to be absorbed by the soil.

66% is lost to evaporation, 9% is lost to runoff, leaving 25% of rainfall to be absorbed by the soil.


Pasture Management with Electric Fences: Soil Moisture

4. Which of the four statements is NOT a valid strategy for training cattle to electric fences?

Build a short section of electric fence that divides a secure corral area so that food and water are on opposite sides of the electric training fence, with only a small opening at one end of the training fence to allow cattle to walk back and forth between the two areas.

The training fence only needs to be a single-wire fence.

Leave the training fence off for a few days to let the cattle get accustomed to the wires before you turn on the fence charger.

Put peanut butter or flagging tape on the wire to encourage cattle curiosity so they get a 'zap' and learn to respect electric fences, thus creating an effective psychological barrier.


Training Cattle to Electric Fences

5. Which of the statements below is true about a 'Smart Electric Fence Grid':

A 'Smart Electric Cattle Fence Grid' uses a combination of permanent and portable fences.

A 'Smart Electric Cattle Fence Grid' is laid out as a grid system, like a ladder with moveable rungs.

A 'Smart Electric Cattle Fence Grid' allows the flexibility to constantly change the size and location of your pasture slices.

A 'Smart Electric Cattle Fence Grid' is the lowest cost cattle fencing strategy available to beef producers.

All of the above.

None of the above.


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6. Which of the four statements is true about the safety of combining electric wires and barbed wire fences?

It is safe to electrify one or more of the barbed wires in a barb wire fence to improve the effectiveness of your barbed wire fences.

An electric wire can be added to old barbed wire fences using wire offsets that hold the electric wire at least 6 to 8 inches away from the barbed wire fence.

Electric fences and barbed wire fences should never be combined.

Adding an electric wire to an existing barbed wire fence does not increase the risk of life threatening injuries to wildlife, cattle, or humans if they get tangled in the barbed wire fence.


Electric Fence Construction Tips

7. 80% of all electric cattle fence problems can be solved by:

Installing a higher powered fence energizer.

Ensuring you have good electrical contact in all your wire connections.

Using galvanized 12.5-gauge high tensile wire for all your permanent electric cattle fences.

Fixing your earth-ground system.


Electric Fence Construction

8. Which type of insulator allows you to create temporary gates, on demand, anywhere in your pasture rotation without needing to build countless permanent gates?

Pin-lock Insulator

Strain Insulator

Screw-in Ring Insulator

Swivel-lock Insulator


Electric Fence Insulators and Temporary Gates

9. Your farm plan should be planned as a series of map layers. The four options below are all components of a grass-fed beef farm business plan. Each deserves its own map layer. Which of the four choices below is an optional layer in a grass-fed farm plan that will not apply to all grass-fed beef businesses:

A plan for growing an annually-planted crop for late-season grass-finishing.

Electric cattle fence infrastructure.

Winter pasture rotation.

Summer cattle water system.



Example Grass-Fed Pasture Rotation and Farm Plan

10. Which of the following options describes an important strategy to keep your electric cattle fence grid working optimally while the ground is frozen and there is snow covering the ground?

A. Train cattle to electric fences before the start of the winter grazing season.

B. Use multiple galvanized steel ground rods, spaced at least 10 feet apart.

C. Bury insulated leadout cables inside a protective sleeve cut from a section of rubber garden hose to prevent underground electrical shorts caused by frost heaving and gnawing rodents.

D. Use single-pass grazing throughout the entire winter grazing season.

E. Use daily pasture moves in your winter pasture rotation.

F. orange poly-wire portable electric cattle fences to create the winter pasture rotation through your permanent fence corridors.

G. Use a cordless drill to drill holes in the frozen soil to hold portable fiber-glass fence posts.

All of the above.

None of the above.

A, D, and E only.

B, C, F, and G only.


Electric Fencing in Winter





To read more articles about rotational grazing strategies:

Or, are you ready to explore another grass-fed beef topic?

  • Livestock Water - the infrastructure and tools to provide your cattle with drinking water while out on pasture.
  • Beef Producer's Guide - cattle finishing strategies, marketing tips, and cooking techniques for grass fed beef.
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