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Frames Help Put Up Fencing Fast
A prototype fencing system that uses portable frames could make temporary fencing fast and easy. The prototype is under development at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) in Saskatchewan, Canada.
  “Our goal is to help farmers reduce their winter feeding costs by taking advantage of crop residue or crops not harvested,” explains Joy Agnew, project manager, Agriculture Research Services.
  Agnew says a manually-operated proof of concept was demonstrated this past year and has gathered lots of interest from farmers. The main features of the PAMI prototype will include a trailer with A-frame stands that are 4 ft. high with a 4-ft. wide base. An arm on each stand extends a wire out for a 3-D effect.
  The design allows an operator to anchor wires to a post or tree and then drive along dispensing frames and wire as they go. The goal is to allow one person to set up a half-mile, 4-strand, 3-D fence in 2 hrs. on frozen ground.
  “It needs to be very simple, very robust and cost effective,” says Agnew.
  Designers are basing the system on research done in Saskatchewan and Alberta on 3-D fencing. Each A-frame has a set number of holes drilled in it with insulators fitting in each. If the system is adopted commercially, the designers plan to suggest additional holes for varying insulator and wire placement.
  “If a manufacturer approached us while still in the testing phase, we might hand over rights. We are testing the system this winter and will decide where to go with it.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute, 2215 8th Ave, Humboldt, Sask. Canada S0K 2A0 (ph 306 682-5033; humboldt@pami.ca; www.pami.ca).

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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #1