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2019 Spring Fence Clinic

Wellscroft Fence Clinic 2019

Our 32nd Annual Spring Fence Building Clinic is Saturday, May 4 and repeated on Sunday, May 5.

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

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


The morning session will concentrate 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 will be 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
  • Wellscroft staff will be available to answer your questions and help plan your new fencing project

  • 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 | Morning Focus Session: Tour and explanation of existing high-tensile electric systems and options
  • 11:00 – 11:30 | Tour of netting types including proper set up and take down
  • 11:30 – 12:15 | 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 – 4:00 | Demonstration of post pounding equipment
    – KingHitter post pounders with rock spike
    – Wheatheart post pounders with auger
    – Mechanical wire unwinder/stretcher
  • 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
  • Installation of 2D/3D Anti-Deer Electric Fence
  • Discussion of Anti-Deer & Anti-Bird Nets Installation
  • Answer questions and details on high-tensile electric fence
  • 2:00 – 4:00 | Product Pick-up and Review