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First-Of-Its-Kind Portable Fence System
When Bryan Pulliam went looking for an electric fence system for intensively grazing horses, he discovered his only option would be to design his own. By the time he was finished, he had developed a new type of modular, electric fencing which he decided to market under the trademark "The Grazier System".
What he wanted was an enclosure that would hold horses in, but give way if they spooked without causing injury. The part time Kansas rancher knows it's easier to round up a horse that's loose than it is to patch up one that's ripped up by wire and fence posts.
"I needed an easy way to move posts," says Pulliam, who at first tried off-the-shelf portable fence systems but had trouble getting the lightweight posts into the sun-baked clay soils he was pasturing. "I tried several new designs before coming up with what I call the Linch Pin Tripod system."
Pulliam's tripod posts work well on hard packed clay, and also on sand, mud and even solid surfaces. The tripods, which serve as corner and end posts, use outside braces to hold the posts in position and keep tension on the fence.
Each post has a solid steel spike which can be stepped in or driven in to the ground. Free swinging braces are attached about half way up the post. Each brace has a spike at its end that's also driven into the ground. Pulliam has developed special points for mud, sand and gravel.
The posts themselves are standard Geotek Sunguard solid fiberglass rods. Pulliam selected the Geotek posts for the coating which is bonded to the fibers and guaranteed not to separate over time.
A fourth mounting point consists of a bracket with two arms that support the post. Weights, such as sand bags or cement blocks, placed over the arms, help secure the fence when used on a solid surface like concrete.
" End posts come equipped with either single or double winch assemblies. Using a double winch assembly and double strand fencing makes a four strand fence possible.
"These posts are so easy to set up that my assistant's five year old son can move the cross fence in our horse pasture," says Pulliam. "Yet when set in good conditions, I have put three men in a tug of war against the tripod posts and they can't pull them out of the ground."
The Grazier System adapts well to odd size grassy areas as well as building sites for controlled temporary grazing. It works extremely well as a simple portable corral for horse shows, trail rides and back country camping.
For the past year, Pulliam has been test marketing his new fence system. A 150-ft. perimeter kit fits in a handy carry bag the size of a golf bag. At the present time, he is evaluating the results, gathering testimonials and setting up distributorships and dealerships. Dealer packets and a video on the system are available on request, says Pulliam.
Units are in use in a wide variety of situations around the country, including a 200,000 acre ranch in Colorado where the portable system is used to keep cattle out of fresh, flood irrigated pastures. The system is being tested on goats as well as a variety of other grazing situations.
"We use the fence everyday on our own ranch, whether moving horses or cattle from one area to another, separating a pen or as a temporary barrier in front of a broken fenceline," says Pulliam.
Contact: FARM SHOW Follow-up, Canter, L.C., 7555 N. Greenwich Rd., Wichita, Kansas 67226-8254 (ph 877 744-6150; Website: www.graziersystem.com).

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2001 - Volume #25, Issue #3