If you own both goats and sheep, you’ve probably noticed that one of them is much more persistent in trying to escape than the other.
While goats are known as escape artists for good reason, which means that you definitely need a powerful fence charger that is able to deter them, the same applies to sheep despite their relatively docile nature. This is because sheep have thick wool coats that insulate them well from electric shock. There’s also the issue of deterring predators too.
We can therefore group the best electric fence chargers for goats and sheep together despite their differences.
4 of the Best Electric Fence Chargers for Sheep & Goats
Best Overall: Gallagher M1100
The Gallagher M1100 is a feature-packed electric fence charger that is tough, reliable, and powerful.New: $575.99
The Gallagher M1100 is our top electric fence charger for goats and sheep due to its tough, reliable, and powerful design.
It comes packed with a range of useful features, the best of which is a Quickscan output voltage bar graph that allows you to see the reading at just a glance. Other features include an added power reserve, built-in lightning diverter, and adaptive output control technology to automatically increase the voltage output when fence conditions change.
It is easy to set up too, which isn’t always the case with electric fence chargers, thanks to split bolt terminals for quick and simple installation.
The M1100 can power to a 110-mile single wire or 36 miles of multi-wire fence perimeter, covering approximately 280 – 650 acres of land. Tested in extreme conditions, the charger’s reliability can’t be beaten either.
Most Powerful: Zareba EAC200M-Z
The most powerful electric fence charger that is also made right here in the USA.New: $394.02
If you need to fence in some particularly persistent goats or just want the ultimate protection against predators, look no further than the Zareba EAC200M-Z.
The EAC200M-Z is suitable for use on up to 200 miles of steel fencing and delivers 15 output joules, making it the most powerful U.S built electric fence charger on the market.
Some of the EAC200M-Z’s most useful features include a system-indicator light, which flashes when active, and a Zareba Storm Guard unit for unmatched lightning protection. Easy-to-use wingnuts to help secure your hookup wires, and a heavy-duty case that includes 4 mounting slots are also included for simple installation.
Best Solar: Parmak Magnum Solar-Pak 12
The Solar-Pak 12 is a solar fence charger that won't let you down when the weather turns bad.New: $299.99
If you’re looking to buy a solar electric fence charger for goats and sheep, the Parmak Magnum Solar-Pak 12, which has a range of 30 miles and is suitable for large pastures, is your best option.
The main selling point of the Solar-Pak 12 is its reliability. Many solar fence chargers will let you down in winter or at other times where there isn’t much sunshine, but thankfully the Solar-Pak 12 will not and can be relied on all year wherever your farm is located.
Besides its reliability, what we really like about the Solar-Pak 12 is its intuitve and easy-to-read performance meter. This meter displays the amount of voltage on fence and indicates the charge level of the battery at just a glance.
Budget Pick: Zareba EAC25M-Z
A USA-made, ruggedly constructed electric fence charger at this price is a great deal if you need to cover a small area.New: $106.18
The Zareba EAC25M-Z is a great choice if you’re on a budget. It is well-constructed and able to energize up to 25 miles of fence, or up to 12 miles with light weeds or poly fence line.
While at this price point you can’t expect in-depth monitoring, the simple “Fence OK” light that informs you whether the charger is functioning poperly or not should suffice for most.
The charger comes with easy-grip screw-on terminal knobs that connect to your ground-rods and your live fence wire for simple installation.
What to Consider When Buying an Electric Fence Charger for Goats & Sheep
- Solar vs. Mains Powered
One of the first things to consider is if you should buy a solar electric fence charger or a mains-powered electric fence charger.
If you don’t have an electrical outlet nearby, this decision has already been made for you. If not, consider things like weather conditions, the power required, as well as setup and maintenance costs.
Something that is important to keep in mind is that the range advertised is usually in the best case scenario under optimal conditions. It’s therefore a good idea to leave some room for error and buy an electric fence charger that has more range than you think you might need.
Additionally, the grounding, as well as any vegetation and undergrowth in the area you’re planning on putting up a fence can all affect the range.
To contain sheep and goats and keep predators like wolves and coyotes out, you need an electric fence charger that is able to deliver 4,000-5,000 volts, which all of the chargers in this article can deliver.
But remember that the type of wire, the length of the fence, and if there’s any vegetation in the way can all affect voltage levels too.
- Weather Conditions
Consider the amount of wind, rainfall, and lightning strikes in your area, as these can all influence the effectiveness of an electric fence charger. If purchasing a solar fence charger, the amount of sunlight can be another important factor to consider.