Electric Fencing 101. Part 1

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In this episode, Nina Prater, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT's southeast office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, talks about electric fencing with her husband, Jeremy Prater. Jerry is the owner and operator of Cedar Creek Farm, a sustainable diversified livestock operation in the Ozarks of Arkansas. Jeremy has used electric fencing to manage cattle, goats, hogs, and poultry.

In this episode, Nina and Jeremy talk about why electric fencing is such a useful tool in management-intensive grazing; the NRCS's cost-share program for electric fence; how to adapt existing fence; and other ways electric fencing can be used to contain and manage livestock.

In Part 2 of Electric Fencing 101, they will go into greater detail about the equipment itself and how it works.

Related ATTRA Resources
Managed Grazing tutorial
Fencing and Water Systems
Getting Started in Livestock. Part 2: Species Considerations
Integrating Livestock with Crops Project: Electric Fences. Sheep in and Predators Out

Other Resources:
Electric Fencing for Serious Graziers (NRCS)

For more information on this topic, you can contact Nina Prater directly via email at ninap@ncat.org.

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