This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Fi-Shock. All opinions are 100% mine.
When outfitting a cowboy, we think of Wrangler. When someone says gelatin dessert, we look at them cross-eyed and say, “You mean Jello, right?” When a certain name brand “owns” a product, it usually means that no one has done it better for several generations. So what brand name is all over electric fencing? Fi-Shock, baby. All the way.
We get quite a few emails asking what fence insulators we recommend or which electric fence chargers we use and the answer is always the same: Fi-Shock. We are more than qualified to make that call and we have proof. The kind of labor-intensive proof that simply can’t be disputed. Case in point:
We often refer to our property (lovingly) as our “three acre mistake” because we would much rather learn the harsh lessons of farming on a smaller scale so that when we finally purchase our dream farm — we’ll know exactly which products to buy and which ones to avoid like rotten eggs (or the plague). One of our first big lessons came in the form of a discounted and discontinued electric fence charger which came without instructions. Never having grounded anything before, we tried our best to find instructions on various farming blogs and the advice of a commercial hardware store worker (who probably didn’t know a fence charger from an M203 grenade launcher).
The discounted discontinued fence charger worked occasionally… like when the Phillies won two games in a row or during a lunar eclipse. Finally, we admitted defeat and replaced the ding dang thing with a Fi-Shock. The Fi-Shock electric fence charger came with wonderfully detailed written instructions which also appeared on their website (www.fishock.com). We also purchased their tube insulators, ceramic insulators, high tensile wire, pin-lock insulators, crimping sleeves, wire cutters, spinning jenny, in-line strainers with compression clips, and their fence testers (to save us from having to test the fence the old fashioned way… you know, by telling someone to touch it). Here’s a quick look at the spinning jenny:
Now, ask us what we’ve had to replace.
Wait for it… wait for it… nothing. Not a single thing labelled Fi-Shock has failed. We use four varieties of electric fencing systems at our house: a six-stranded high tensile wire fence, a wire mesh fence with three strands of high tensile, a chain-link fence with two strands of hot wire, and finally our temporary fencing with wire rope and fiberglass posts. All of those systems connect to our Fi-Shock electric fence charger and we’ve yet to have a goat escape or see our animals (goats, chickens, ducks, or dogs) attacked.
Here’s a quick look at our high tensile fence:
To celebrate our successful fencing endeavors, we’re offering a bar of our homemade goat milk soap (each) to two lucky commenters. After all, if we didn’t have working fences… we probably wouldn’t have goats producing creamy milk to make luxurious soap from, eh? Winner to be announced Thursday May 20, 2010. Winner announced. Contest closed, sorry!
Not sure what to say? Tell us about your electric fencing system and/or tell us which soap scent you like best (cucumber & green tea, sweet tangerine, lily of the valley/clean linen, or jasmine).