Friday, 14 September 2018 10:06

Fencing keeps noses apart

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Strainrite outrigger. Strainrite outrigger.

The problem of Mycoplasma bovis points up the need for better farm biosecurity measures, helped admirably by Strainrite Fencing Systems’ new M-Stop 1 metre outrigger system.

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. 


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