For last two years I have been using a very expensive fencing system to contain my pigs at the homestead. Recently, after watching Joel Salatin’s DVD Pigs n Glens, Bard of Harmony Homestead and I decided to build a simple yet cost effective fencing system for our naturally raised pigs. After a few modifications to match our site and our needs we decided to build a fence that was easy to move, quick to set up, relatively inexpensive, long life, little plastic, and sourced locally.
In this post I will share the materials, costs, and set up of a movable electric fencing system to contain naturally raised pigs in woodlands or pasture. This information is for a 1 acre paddock. This information will help anyone who is interested in starting a similar operation on a budget.
5 – 4′ T Posts for corners and gate
2 – Plastic Gate Handles
4 – 20′ sticks of 1/2 inch Rebar
1 – Patriot 20 Charger Kit (Overkill) P5 is better size
1 – Marine Battery (used)
3 – Bags of 25 screw on rod Insulators
2 – 1000 feet rolls of 12.5 gauge aluminum wire
Depending on how you source each piece of material, you will expect to pay a total of no more than $350 per acre. Most of the fence is reusable for a very long time. So the costs go down over time due to the durability of the fence and it is movable.
We cut the rebar posts at 2.5 feet each. That gave us 8 posts per 20 feet of rebar. Each 2.5 ‘ post has 2 insulators for a 2 wire pig fence. We used t post on the corners and for the gate latch area. We connected wire by tying the wire together very tightly avoiding the need for expensive crimps. We suggested trying to get supplies locally however sometimes that is not feasible. We suggest Kencove Fence Supply. To complete the circuit we just put in a jumper of aluminum wire from the top strand to bottom strand. Hmmm …… What else? Oh.. If you have some areas that are lower on the bottom strand just add one insulator and put the post in at an angle so the top wire will not hit and ground out. And buy a voltmeter to test the volts..no less than 4000 volts. 9000 volts work best. To keep the fence tight on the corners double wrap the insulator with the wire.
Happy Pig farming folks