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Electric fence wire conducts electricity around your enclosure.  There are several types of fence wires you can use, depending on the purpose of the fence and the animal being controlled.


Poly wire, poly tape and poly rope are good options for temporary, rotational grazing. For a permanent perimeter fence, you will want high tensile or steel wire as your fence wire.


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Electric fence wire conducts the electric charge from the fence charger around the length of the fence. Position one electrified wire at animal’s shoulder height; this will cause it to touch the fence with its nose, making it back up.


Wire types include smooth steel wire, aluminum wire, high tensile wire, poly wire (stainless steel wire strands woven with polyethylene) poly tape and poly rope. Your selection will depend on the type of fence, the type of animal you are containing and how long the fence will stay in place.


Poly wire, poly tape and poly rope are good options for temporary, rotational grazing or to be used along the top of a fence as they are more visual for animals such as horses. For a permanent perimeter fence, you should use steel or aluminum wire.





Features and Benefits
Ideal Uses
Highly visible to animals Excellent for horses
Lightweight Temporary fencing
Wind passes through, low wear & tear Rotational grazing
Convenient to install and repair Equine fence kits
Will not rust














Zareba® Systems electric fence poly tape provides even greater visibility than poly wire or poly rope. Reinforced, rip-stop edges also help protect the tape from wear and tear.

poly tape on spool


The open weave design allows wind to pass through, reducing wear and increasing the longevity of the fence line.


Splicing poly tape is easy using specially designed splicer buckles. Use a poly tape tensioner to maintain tape tension as needed.


For best results, energize poly tape fence lines with a low impedance fence charger.  Poly tape should not be used with a continuous output charger.


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Features and Benefits Ideal Uses
More visible than traditional wire Temporary fencing
Lightweight Rotational grazing
Convenient to install, repair and rewind Controlled grazing
Will not rust












Poly wire is a good fence choice since it is more visible than traditional metal wire, lightweight and installs easily.  Poly wire is easily tightened, spliced, repaired and rewound.  In addition, it can be re-used again and again.

poly wire


Use a poly wire tightener to maintain wire tension as needed.


This convenient wire can be used for temporary grazing, strip or rotational grazing and pet control. Poly wire should not be used with continuous output chargers



Poly rope is another excellent high visibility choice for your fence line. It is stronger than poly wire, with stainless steel strands woven through the rope.


The steel strands ensure poly ropemaximum electrical energy is carried through the fence line at all times. Use a splicer to maintain a good connection.  Most poly ropes are about 1/4 inch in diameter.


Note:  For best results, use a low impedance fence charger to energize poly wire and poly rope fences. Poly rope should not be used with continuous output chargers.


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Features and Benefits Ideal Uses
Affordable and low maintenance Simple barrier or electrified for greater efficiency
Safely contains most species of livestock Permanent fencing
Effective at keeping predators out Perimeter fencing









High tensile electric fencing wire is an excellent choice for not only safely containing most species of livestock, including exotic species, but it is also effective at keeping predators out.


High tensile fence wire can be used as a simple barrier or electrified for greater effectiveness. Fencing systems made from high tensile fencing wire are affordable and long-lasting, over 40 years.  Another benefit of high tensile wire fencing is its low maintenance.


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Features and Benefits Ideal Uses
Steel wire is a basic, economic wire Semi-permanent fencing
Carries charge long distance with extensions Permanent fencing
Can use with any type of charger Perimeter fencing










Galvanized steel wire will last the lifetime of the fence and is the most commonly used wire.


Note: Steel wire can be used with any type of charger and when connected properly to like wire extensions, this wire can carry a charge for very long distances. 


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Features and Benefits Ideal Uses
Long-lasting Permanent fencing
Carries charge better than steel wire Perimeter fencing
Will not rust










Aluminum wire is the best for carrying a charge.  Aluminum conducts electricity four times better than steel wire. Aluminum will cost more but will not rust like nongalvanized steel wire.



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Zareba® has a variety of electric fence wire to meet all of your electric fencing needs. 


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