Grounding Electric Fences

Electric fences must be grounded to properly carry the electric current through the fence wires.

Electric fences should be grounded using a minimum of three six foot long galvanized ground rods.

Electric fences should be grounded using a minimum of three six foot long galvanized ground rods.

A minimum of three, six foot long galvanized ground rods should be driven at least 5 ½ feet into the ground and attached to a non-electrified wire. Rods should be placed in areas that remain moist throughout the year. Additional rods may be needed for very long stretches of fence. Refer to the manufacturer’s directions that come with your fence charger to determine how to properly ground your electric fence.

When installing ground rods, be sure to maintain at least 65 feet between the rods and any utilities. This is especially important to prevent stray voltage problems with dairy operations. Be sure to also avoid any underground utilities and any fuel storage areas. Separate ground rods by at least 1 ½ times their length and then hook up in sequence.