The objective of this trial was to see what it would take to install our SmartRiggers on old concrete fence post and determine what technicalities could present themselves challenging and to test the SmartRigger against pressure from young bulls. Young bulls don't get much time to be trained as they come to the farm for only a short while and can place a lot of pressure on fences.
We used a good portable power drill and this could be another cost that farmer might have to exercise. Off course installations did take longer than would on a timber post but it went rather well considering we were doing 2 wires at the same time. One on the top and one on the side. The reason for this was that the sloping hill was causing the fence to "Sink" as the soil was moving downhill and the farmer wanted to increase the height.
We also did our cost calculation against another system, half batten and insulator, and price was very competitive but there was a time saving by using the SmartRigger as it only requires one screw and will be easier to install. We did had to improvise on corners with the SmartRigger system and we did this by installing 2 perpendicular to the wire. It still allows the animal to impact but will at least give way in one direction.
We also demonstrated our SmartBattens. A no tool fence batten that you can carry on your quad or ute. Fix a batten in under a minute.
On this Lifestyle block we are trialling our double loop top fence SmartRigger, dubbed, the Double Trouble. This is a boundary fence and we have horses on both side. We decided to use 2.5mm wire instead of tape as the owner is not impress with the longevity of electric tapes and the amount of time they stretched and get blown by the wind.
We had to install 2 outriggers on corners and on sharp corners one will definitely require to install a rigid post
Deer Farm - Manakau
The objective : Installation of SmartWand and effectiveness of the systems
The wand concept was introduced as a way to create a buffer zone on the fence without getting deer tangled in electric wire fence i.e offsets. The electric wire is run close to the fence and the SmartWands is then electrified hanging 1 meter perpendicular of the fence. The SmartWand is completely flexible with a loop on the end for safety. The end can't get tangled or hooked onto anything as its shape in a teardrop.
Deer tend to pace and push along fence and this can cause trenches to form. On hills this can lead to erosion and on level terrain causes mud pools.
When the deer's antlers are removed it becomes very itchy and they tend to rub it against posts causing damage. This in turn cost the farmer money and time. Deer also tend to push each other into the fences and can damage the fence in this way.
We have setup a motion detection camera to see the reaction and behavior of the deer in the proximity of the SmartWands
We have designed our insulator so that the electric wire is placed between the spring and the slot in the plastic cap. We also used the insulator as a stand alone for some of the posts. The electric wire can still be strained after installation as there is no other connection needed.