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Center Pivot-Mounted Fence Makes Rotational Grazing Easier
Pivot Fence© is a patent-pending, university-tested fencing system that attaches to a center pivot to move livestock through a grazing area.
  Just 4 simple fittings turn any pivot into a moving fence: truss rod hangers, drive pipe clamps, automatic wire tension system and a last-tower anchor.
  Now available through two Nebraska fence consultants, the fencing system gradually takes livestock through a field with a pattern and pace set by the pivot programmer.
  The concept came from Jason Gross at the University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension. Gross was researching ways to reduce beef production inputs by taking cattle to forage rather than bringing feedstuffs to feedlots. His solution was swath grazing. Searching for a low cost fencing option for the grazing strategy led him to the idea of using center pivots.
  Gross hangs fence components from the center pivot truss rods. They hold a suspended electric wire at an adjustable height as the pivot system intermittently moves across the field. Wire tension is maintained with an automatic tension device, allowing wire to adjust to uneven ground. A perimeter fence surrounding the pivot maintains closure with the electric fence so the fence can move unattended. In wireless and GPS-controlled systems, the livestock producer can move the fence with their cell phone or laptop from anywhere in the world, just as they would move their irrigation system.
  “Advantages of the system include the simplicity of installation and removal,” Gross says. “There’s no need to manually move the quarter-mile fence and movement can be accomplished with just the touch of a button. There’s no alteration to the pivot system and the device works on any pivot brand.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Marlow (Mike) Anderson, (ph 402 430-6215; mike.anderson1221@yahoo.com) or Justin Stockall, (ph 403 430-8943; hayboss2@gmail.com).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #5