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Teen’s Invention Helps Crossing Electric Fences
An Irish teenager has come up with a simple solution to get over an electric fence safely. Alanna McCabe’s patent-pending Fence De-Fence is an index finger-sized keyring with a slot designed to push down the fence wire to cross over it safely.
She made her first prototype out of a plastic toy when she was 14 after watching her dad fall while jumping a fence to avoid being shocked. The final versions are made of wood or laser-cut acrylic.
“Fence De-Fence was designed to fit into your pocket and be readily accessible when needed,” says McCabe.
It can also include a business name or logo. Other customers are farmers, hikers and gun clubs. Fence De-Fence is sold through wholesale agriculture trade firms in Europe, to corporations and through her website. Retail cost is about $2.50. It is not available in N.A. yet.
Winning the title “Young Innovator of the Year 2020” at age 14 helped McCabe attract attention to her invention. She was invited to host a trade stand at the National Ploughing Championships in 2022, which attracts 300,000 visitors over three days.
At 16, she has other inventions she hopes to launch as she follows a career in business.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Alanna McCabe, Fence De-Fence, Roebuck, Mountnugent, Co. Cavan. Ireland (alanna@co2.ie; fence-defence.myshopify.com).

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2022 - Volume #46, Issue #6