New Zealand's only large-scale beef feedlot has confirmed a Mycoplasma bovis infection.
MPI advises that a key vector in the spread of the disease is animal-to-animal contact, particularly across boundary fence-lines of adjoining properties. A 1m exclusion area on each side of a boundary is recommended; this creates a 2m exclusion zone that should prevent nose-to-nose contact each side of the fence.
Strainrite’s system suits boundary fences in flat and undulating country.
The Outrigger has a 7mm diameter, galvanised spring steel shaft that carries a patented, NZ-made Dura-tip eyelet; it has no moving parts and resists wear from wire movement.
It’s easy to install, requiring a 3mm pilot hole drilled to 50mm depth to take the Outrigger pin; the rod is then fixed to the post with a staple to resist twisting.
On undulating ground, says Strainrite, use Bayco-Insul-ties for strut bracing, to prevent the wire pulling the Outrigger up or down.