Temporary Electric Fence Overview

Temporary electric fence utilizes an electrified wire, tape, or rope and temporary fence posts to quickly section off portions of your pasture for rotational grazing or direct livestock to a desired area. The electric shock given to the livestock does not hurt the livestock, but trains them to avoid contact with the fence. Once trained, the electric fence acts as a psychological barrier instead of a physical barrier like a standard barbwire fence. Temporary electric fences can be constructed quickly using easy to install fence posts, electric wire/rope/tape reels, and portable solar energizers.


Temporary electric fence systems require an energizer to electrify the wire, rope, or tape. Depending on the application, a solar powered or battery power energizer could be used. Solar powered energizers have a solar panel that recharge the energizer battery during daylight hours. The voltage and power requirements vary by livestock and length of fence. The Southwest Power Fence systems include the proper energizer by application or you can use the energizer selection guide to compare all energizers. Each energizer will connect to the fence wire, rope, or tape via an electric jumper and will also connect to the grounding rods.

Fence Posts

Various fence posts can be used to construct a temporary electric fence. Insulated metal pig-tails allow a single strand of wire, rope, or tape to be strung in minutes, and the plastic Sentinel fence posts are naturally non-conductive and premade to attach electric wire, rope, or tape at different heights. Temporary fence posts are typically installed 15-20 feet apart to support the fence wire. The Southwest Power Fence temporary fence systems include the proper fence posts or you can compare all fence posts.


Multiple electric wires, tapes, and ropes are available for a temporary fence system depending on the livestock and life of the fence needed. A fence wire/tape/rope reel can be used to easily string and tension the temporary fence and can be mounted to remain as a functional component of the temporary fence. You can compare all of the different attributes of the electric fence wire, tape, and ropes at our electric fence wire comparison guide. The Southwest Power Fence systems created include the proper temporary fence wire, tape, rope, and reels for each application.   

Jumper cables are needed to send the power from electrified lines across gates or other obstacles in the path a temporary fence. Insulation hooks are required at the end of an electrified line to terminate the fence or attach to permanent fence posts to change direction. Each Southwest Power Fence system includes the proper jumper cables and fence hooks for your temporary electric fence design.

Each Southwest Power Fence system includes all of the items required to build a complete electric fence. Please look through our fence systems to find the one that meets your needs. 

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