I vividly remember my first experience with electric fencing. I was in elementary school. My family had not yet begun farming as they did when I was in late middle school. I was visiting a friend from church who was several years older. We were playing in a wooded area that was surrounded by a low electric fence. This fence was erected in an effort to hold hogs in one area.
Not having much experience with livestock, I was all ears when my new friend’s dad talked with us about being careful around the hogs he was raising. You see, he had some large, old sows that were producing and raising piglets. He told us that sows were very mean if they had piglets and they would certainly hurt kids. Needless to say, I was scared from the beginning about those critters. He also warned us to be careful to stay away from the electric fencing.
After we had been playing for a while without incident, I completely forgot about the hogs and the electric fencing. Well, later in the afternoon, my friend was deeper in the woods than I. I heard an unearthly sound, which was a sow screaming a warning, and my friend came running past me yelling for me to run away from the mad hog.
Of course, I immediately tripped over the electric fence. I was both shocked by the fence and knocked down to the ground. Then, the sow comes running out of the woods. Everything seemed to be in slow motion. I was convinced I was going to die at a very young age. Luckily, I actually fell off the fence and my friend helped me get to my feet.
Later on, my family bought our own farm. After this time, I learned a lot about electric fencing. I began to purchase electric fencing supplies, erect electric fencing, repair electric fencing, and even provide maintenance of the grounds around electric fencing.