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Erik Little
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I was wondering if anyone has seen this DVD? I know I have heard Paul talk with a couple that had problems with their electric fence and pigs. Time savings and proper usage could be beneficial to a lot of people.


http://agriculturalinsights.com/portable-electric-fence/


I would be willing to pitch in on the purchase of this DVD for someone to review if they have equipment to test out what is taught with animals.
 
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I don't have that one, but I do have his hay-less DVD's. The production quality is mediocre, but the content is priceless.
 
Erik Little
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R Scott wrote:I don't have that one, but I do have his hay-less DVD's. The production quality is mediocre, but the content is priceless.



You were able to go hay-less based on what you learned from that DVD?
 
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We will see. I am implementing those ideas this year. I don't expect to go 100% hay-less, but to hay LESS. I will always need hay during milking, but hopefully a lot less supplemental feed.

I did learn a LOT from those videos. I am still going to make a the same amount of hay this year, just to be safe. But I am going to import all my hay from neighbors willing to export their organic matter.

I did learn there were several things I was doing wrong with my dairy ration, spending way more money than I needed to and not helping the animals in the process.
 
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I have both the electric fence DVD and the Hayless DVD. I haven't gotten around to watching the Electric Fence one. I guess I should and report back.

Like R Scott said, the Hayless DVD is about the production quality you would expect to find on YouTude. I am not sure why they did 4 DVDs because I am sure that it would have fit on no more than 2. Discs 2, 3, and 4 are about 30 minutes each. I guess it makes it sound better. I will say that it is the one of the best $100 I have spent on books or videos. Almost all the other similar information out there like Get the Hay Out and such are done by people living up North and/or West where the grasses retain much of their nutritional value when left as standing forage in the fall and winter. Down here in the South we have mostly African grasses that quickly lose most of their protein as soon as they stop growing. I almost did major damage to my herd trying to do stockpiled bermudagrass a couple years ago. The DVD shows how to do proper supplementation to be able to successfully graze on stockpiled Southern forages.
 
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Paul Ewing wrote:I have both the electric fence DVD and the Hayless DVD. I haven't gotten around to watching the Electric Fence one. I guess I should and report back.



Please do!! I may have to get the Hay-less video at some point.
 
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OK I had some free time this evening (well really feeling tired and lazy after doing some old school perimeter fencing all day then tending the animals) so I dug the DVD out from the office and watched it. The DVD is available from Chris's website at: http://agriculturalinsights.com/portable-electric-fence/

I have to say I was impressed. I had kind of worried about what the quality would be, but Chris did a great job on the video and editing things. It also has a good chapter listing for jumping to a section you want to review later. Total run time is 1:40 minutes which is about an hour longer than what I had expected and an hour and twenty minutes longer than my wife wanted. This length means that Chris was about to go into pretty good detail on the basic tasks of loading a real and making different fence to fence connections to both hot fences and older permanent non-electric fences. The later is something that is often left out of most electric fence information but is something that those of us that have older properties or just don't trust electric fence for perimeter or important fencing really need to know to use portable electric fencing effectively. He also discusses how to fence things like creeks, portable stock tanks, corners, and curves.

Over all, the information is good even for those with some experience with electric fence because Chris has some interesting tips I hadn't heard before. For someone without much experience, it is a great tutorial that covers just about everything they will need to get started. It primarily deals with fencing for larger stock such as cattle and sheep. You mentioned pigs and while the info in this DVD will work for them with some modifications to height and such, I think Joel Salatin's Pigs 'n Glens DVD http://polyfaceprimer.com/?page_id=46 which goes into detail on not only how Joel uses electric fencing for his pig paddocks but also how to handle feeding and watering and other chores for pastured pigs.
 
Erik Little
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Thank you for the review! It has more meaning coming from someone that has experience with fences. Most of my experience comes from just digging the hole.
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