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Beyond the Bale : September 2014
ON FARM 31 At the recent Predator Control Field Day held at Mitchell in southern Queensland, visitors had the opportunity to see the Dingo Fencing Machine (DFM) which could provide an easier and more cost effective way of erecting electric exclusion fencing. While the DFM can run barb wire, plain wire and most fabricated wires, when it is used in conjunction with modern electric fence technology it produces, according to its manufacturer Dingo Australia, the “absolute best and most effective fence in the world”. Intended for use on large grazing properties, the DFM enables two men to easily erect at least six kilometers of fencing in a day – something that it would traditionally take a dozen men to do. “The advent of serious fence energizers and solar systems has meant that electric fences to keep out wild dogs are finally available to big acreages,” says the Managing Director of Dalby-based Dingo Australia, Gary Briggs. “Along with Dingo’s new fencing machine, long electric fences can be built quickly, easily and cheaply.” The DFM is mounted on a large trailer that is towed across the paddock (ideally by a six-wheeler dual cab ute), advancing and then stopping, with the operator pounding in the posts and leaving an erected fence behind. Dingo Australia has designed unique aluminium posts that are lightweight and strong, but at the same time are shaped in a way that the posts can be stacked in a straight line in a magazine on the trailer. The wires (normally six wires but more or less can be accommodated) are mounted on precision-wound reels and already threaded through the posts. The magazine dispenses the posts off the back of the DFM one by one to be driven into the ground by the hydraulic hammer that is mounted on a long cylinder. The posts need never to be touched again. “The problem of erecting electric fences on larger properties has often been the cost and the lack of manpower,” says Gary. “So we have come up with a solution that costs a lot less and the construction can be done straightforwardly with two people working easily, in the shade. “It takes just two old guys to build six kilometers of fence a day. However if the team wants maximum efficiency, then a team of four is ideal – but it doesn’t need four trained men; husband and wife and two older kids is fine, or two older couples. Only one of the team needs fencing experience to lead them. “Driving the vehicle is a very important job. They are responsible for keeping the fence straight and spacing the posts. But anyone can do it with a day’s training.” The Predator Control Field Day was organised by AWI’s Leading Sheep network in Queensland and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Queensland. DINGO The Dingo Fencing Machine produced by Dingo Australia can be a fast and economical way of fencing large rural properties to keep livestock in and wild dogs out. • The Dingo Fencing Machine is mounted on a large trailer that is towed across the paddock while the operator drives in specially designed posts that are dispensed from a magazine on the trailer. • According to Dingo Australia, the DFM is a great labour saving device, with two men able to erect at least six kilometers of fencing in a day. The Dingo Fencing Machine’s hydraulic hammer driving into the ground a post that has been dispensed from the machine with the wires already threaded through it. MORE INFORMATION Gary Briggs M 0417 977 451 E firstname.lastname@example.org Visit www.dingofencingmachine.com.au to watch a helpful video of the DFM in action. KEEPS THE DOGS OUT