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Fence Clinics & Lectures

Our next clinic will be held on Saturday, May 5th & Sunday, May 6th, 2018. Registration and details will be posted soon.

Wellscroft Fence Clinic 2017

In the meantime, here is what took place during our 2017 Annual Free Fence Building Clinic last May.  We had great attendance and excellent questions from participants! Checkout the schedule of events (below) from our 30th Annual Free Fence Building Clinic held Saturday, May 6 and repeated on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 8:30 am to 4 pm. to get an idea of what you might expect in our next clinic.

Wellscroft Fence Clinic 2017

  • Fun, Free & Informative
  • Morning and Afternoon Clinics
  • Hands-On Lessons and Demonstrations
  • Tour of Various Fence Types
  • Coffee and Refreshments Provided

Discussion topics ranged from Permanent and Semi-Permanent Electric Fence Systems to Non-Electric Woven Wire and other Physical Barrier Systems. Participants had hands-on opportunities to build fence and try out products, as well as get free advice from our fence experts.

 
SESSIONS

The morning session concentrated on electric fence systems, both permanent and semi-permanent. Including:

  • Types of electric fence and their options
  • The basic types of low-impedance energizers (110 V, battery and solar) and how they work
  • Proper grounding, training animals to the fence, methods of monitoring voltage, and lightning protection
  • Rope, tape and twine installations and a review of “quick fence” systems
  • Gate options and tips about how to mount and electrify them
  • Electric netting systems will be covered in depth and participants will have hands-on lessons on setting up and taking down electric nets
  • Participants will tour the multiple fence systems that are used on Wellscroft Farm, some of which have been in place for over 30 years

In the afternoon the focus was on non-electric, physical fence systems. Including:

  • A short demonstration of the KingHitter post pounders (with rock spike) and rental Wheatheart post pounders
  • Fixed knot woven wire and 2 x 4 fences which will include erecting brace assemblies along with information on hardware and tools for high-tensile fence construction
  • A hands-on lesson for participants to learn how to stretch and tie off woven wire fences
  • Opportunities to learn about other specialty fences of interest by request
  • Representatives from several companies will be available to answer your questions and fence contractors will be present to help plan your new fencing project
  AGENDA

  • 8:00 – 8:30 | Sign-In – Coffee & refreshments; watch video, pick up brochures
  • 8:30 – 8:45 | Welcome/Introduction of Staff
  • 8:45 – 9:30 | Basics of Electric Fence – How low impedance high voltage energizers work – Energizer types; 110V/battery/solar & choosing the right size energizer – Proper grounding; location of energizer and ground field – Proper lightning protection – Methods for monitoring voltage – Training animals to the fence – Choosing the right type of fence
  • 9:30 – 10:00 | Electric Fence Options – High-Tensile – Low Tension/Semi-Permanent/“Quick Fence” – Polywire, Tape, Rope & Reel Systems – Electric Netting – How to incorporate these systems in an IRG plan – Retrofit/Scare Wire
  • 10:00 - 10:15 | Non-Electric Fence Options – Woven & Non-Climb Fence – Coated and Smooth Wire – Barbed Wire – Plastic & Polymer rails
  • 10:15 - 10:30 | Post Options – Pressure Treated, Local Wood, Steel T-Posts – Composite, Fiberglass, Plastic – Proper use of Trees
  • 10:30 - 10:45 | Gate Options – Tube, Panel, Mesh, Spring, Bungee, Net, Farmer’s, Drive -Thru, Electric Offset, Cattle Grate – Proper installation of an electric gate
  • 10:45 – 11:00 | Tour and explanation of semi permanent rope, tape and braid systems
  • 11:00 – 11:30 | Tour of netting types including proper set up and take down
  • 11:30 – 12:30 | Tour and explanation of existing high-tensile electric systems and options
  • 12:30 – 1:30 | Lunch or pick up orders for those not staying for the afternoon session Visit with contractors/dealers
  • 1:30 – 2:00 | Demonstration of post pounding equipment – KingHitter post pounders with rock spike – Wheatheart post pounders with auger – Mechanical wire unwinder/stretcher
  • 2:00 – 3:30 | Construction of high-tensile smooth and woven wire systems – Fixed Knot, Hinged Joint & 2x4 – Proper brace construction and techniques – Tying off ends, stretching & joining fence – High-tensile hardware, tools & insulators
  • 3:30 – 4:00 | Construction of Anti-Deer & Anti-Bird Nets (Optional) Construction of Centaur 5” HTP horse fence (Optional) Answer questions and details on high-tensile electric fence
  • 4:00 – | On Go over estimates and pick up orders