When you live an hour’s drive from your property, keeping your stock where they should be is something you don’t want to worry about.
Featherston farmer Stefan Robinson has a powerful ally on that front - Gallagher’s new MBS400 Energizer, which works using any power source, mains, battery or solar.
The unit has been running electric fences on his 40-hectare lease block at Mt Bruce, one hour from his home farm in Featherston. Stefan says the unit is keeping his stock where they’re supposed to be.
"This MBS Energizer can run on either solar, mains or battery.I hadn’t used a solar unit before and found this really easy to set up and you can just leave it to do it’s own thing. We’re getting good power out of the unit and the stock are staying where they should be."
The previous energizer he had been using wasn’t getting enough power onto the hills at the back of the lease property, so he bought the MBS400 Energizer.
"It’s really easy to set up and you can just leave it to do its thing. We’re getting good power out of the unit and the stock are staying where they should be." - Stefan Robinson, farmer in Featherston
"It’s easy to pick it up and put it anywhere on the property. You don’t need to worry about having mains power at the back of your property because you can just set the Energizer unit up as a solar unit," says Stefan.
He is using the unit to power about half of the property. It proved its worth during a recent power failure, which took out power to most of the property’s fences. "Because the MBS400 Energizer is a solar unit, I could just change it over to solar which meant there was still power over most of the property."
This reliable unit is designed to cover up to 16 hectares or 8km of fencing (NZ conditions) or 30km (Ideal conditions), no matter what power source you choose to use. The smart solar operating mode ensures that the energizer manages the batteries while maintaining the best stock control possible using the available solar energy.
LED bar graphs on the unit indicate fence performance and battery life. It is also portable, water resistant and has built-in lightning protection. A smart battery management algorithm also protects the battery from being over-discharged and permanently damaged. Solar kits can be purchased separately and are easily installed.