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Fieldguard Product Catalogue

Fieldguard CatalogueFor those of you who like to have information literally in your hand, we can send you a print copy of our Fieldguard Catalogue. Packed with every product in an easy to read format and pull out price list.To order your copy, call us on 01483 275182 0r email us at info@fieldguard.com

Helping you Spring Clean with Products from Fieldguard

Spring time is always a good time to clean out your stables and yards. At Fieldguard we have two top products to help ease the workload.

Green Gloop Cleaning Fluid

Green Gloop Cleaning Fluid is a concentrated detergent, disinfectant and deodoriser that is harmless to all animals and fowl. With a pleasant floral odour, it is also environment friendly.Green Gloop Cleaning Fluid was originally formulated as an ammonia neutralising liquid and germicide specifically for equine use. It is now used in dog kennels, runs and yards as well as with many other animals and fowl where 100% cleanliness is essential. It exceeds the specification, and so has been certified to EN 14349:2012 as being a suitable disinfectant and germicide for veterinary use on non-porous surfaces.

One Green Gloop Spray Bottle supplied FREE OF CHARGE with your order

We now provide one empty Green Gloop Spray Bottle free of charge and ready to fill with each sale of Green Gloop. If you spray your stables with our Green Gloop, this spray bottle is ideal for the job. To order one, simply add one Green Gloop Spray Bottle to your basket when you pay. (Note: Only one free bottle per order).Green Gloop is available NOW direct from www.Fieldguard.com2 Litre Bottle (£7.10/Litre) £14.20 (exc. VAT and delivery)8 x 2 Litre Bottles (£6.13/Litre) £98.00 (exc. VAT and delivery)25 Litre Container (£5.20/Litre) £130.00 (exc. VAT and delivery)

Gripper Mat Mover

The first product, our Gripper Mat Mover Tool, literally does help ease the workload by making the arduous task of moving mats much easier and much quicker. We recommend using two Gripper Mat Movers when moving heavy items in order to get maximum benefit whatever your size.The Gripper, recently featured in Horse and Rider, is a single hand positive grip, positive release handle that is ideal for moving flat, heavy objects, such as rubber mats, carpets, sacks, heavy bags, tarpaulins and covers where a finger grip is usually the norm. Because The Gripper allows full hand grip rather than finger grip, it is an invaluable tool to enable even the slightest person to manoeuvre heavy, often wet and smelly, mats with relative ease. It is an invaluable tool when cleaning messy stables, for it makes single handed manoeuvring of the mats possible. No more strained backs or painfully tired hands as you struggle to keep a grip when moving them on your own.The Gripper has a pull strain of 200kgs, so is capable of moving the heaviest of mats and carpets.Gripper Mat Mover £18.00 each (exc. VAT and delivery)

Fieldguard Dirt Buster Door Mat

Banish mud and dirt from your home with the Fieldguard Dirt Buster Mat. The non-slip surface is designed to scour mud and dirt off shoes and boots, rather than it being bought into the house. Users report far cleaner floors that need less maintenance once a Dirt Buster is outside the back door and collecting the excess dirt.The big holes and deep sides can hold large quantities of dirt. Lift the mats and the collected dirt falls through ready to be swept up. Drop the Dirt Buster mat back into place ready for the next invasions of muddy shoes.Made from pliable rubber, so the mat will conform to any surface and stay in place. It is non slip, even when wet or under snow.The mat is made from pure latex and so has a long and useful life. However, to make the scouring design of the top surface fully effective means a sharp edge to the upper profiles of the mat. They will wear down fairy rapidly although remaining effective. Expect heavy wear in the first six months of use, but thereafter they will remain effective for many years.Fieldguard Dirt Buster Door Mat £13.70 each (exc. VAT and delivery)

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Charlie Sellings

Those of you who met our wonderful and ever cheerful Warehouseman, Charlie Sellings, will be sad to hear that he died suddenly last week. 

Charlie came to us to work part-time on making up fence orders, but over the years he so loved the job, the responsibility and his van that he voluntarily extended his hours until he was working for us full time. He kept the warehouse smart and well stocked without being asked. Ever cheerful, 100% reliable and just a lovely person to be around. We will miss him enormously, as will our many customers who had dealings with him. 

He adored his family and, with his wife, spent Christmas every year with them in Australia. He lived for those two months – happily given by us as he worked so hard for the remainder of the year. Charlie was one of those rare breeds, a ‘doer’ and was forever finding odd jobs that needed doing, even the MD’s garden in the Summer. 

Charlie's unexpected death is a sad blow to our close-knit company. We will do our level best to maintain our hard-won reputation for prompt attention and delivery but please have patience if there is some short-term variance from our usual standards.

Stand With Kerala | Kerala Flood Relief

Kerala Flood Appeal Fieldguard Limited is supporting the Kerala Distress Relief Fund which has been set up by the Government of Kerala in India to help with the unprecedented floods which have devastated the area. You can show your support by donating via the official web page here.Kerala is in the midst of an unprecedented flood havoc. The calamity has caused immeasurable misery and devastation. Many lives were lost. Hundreds of homes were totally destroyed and many more were damaged. For the first time in history, 27 dams in the State had to be opened. Never before had the State witnessed a calamity of this scale.The Kerala Relief Fund page also lists 12 additional payment ways for you to donate.

Time to renew and repair your electric fencing in time for summer

A well installed and maintained Fieldguard electric fencing system will last for very many years, but it does need a little tender loving care from time to time – something we tend to forget this while it is working and looking smart. The old saw ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ holds as true even with our tough product.

ELectric Fence Tapes from FieldguardFIELDGUARD ELECTRIC TAPE NO 1 FOR PADDOCKS AND FIELDS SINCE 1984

Fieldguard electric tapeis the original electric fencing tape, developed by Fieldguard with our French partners – both being horse breeders – in 1984. It is designed to be safe and durable, allowing owners peace of mind. Few tapes are as robust and exhaustively tested and it has a designed life span in excess of 25 years. Our electric fencing tapeis highly visible, very strong and flexible so cannot harm animals.Fieldguard electric tape has outsold all other wide horse tapes combined in Europe and since 1997, has been the top-selling tape in the USA and Australia. It is ubiquitous and can fulfil every animal containment need. For instance it can be used to temporarily fence an area, to render a barbed wire fence safe, keep a stallion in (or out) or as a complete, stand-alone field fencing installation. Our electric tapes can be supplied in two widths and come a variety of lengths and colours.

Order your Fieldguard Electric Tape today from our webshop here.


glass fibre fence stakesGlass Fibre Fence Stakes – R7A

Invest in the bestWe do not sell cheaper, pre-formed plastic stakes which easily come out in high winds when used with wide tape. Plastic stakes are also prone to snap in freezing weather. Our fibre glass stakes make a far better investment and are recommended with our renowned electric fencing systems.Fieldguard fence stakes are made from durable resin bonded glass fibre and are strong, rust-proof and virtually unbreakable.They can be reused indefinitely as either temporary or movable fencing. They also ensure that fencing will not fall down. Even though adapted for tape, plastic stakes are designed for less wind resistant products such as electric string, wire and rope.
Glass Fibre Fence Stakes - R7a £3.70 each + VAT and Delivery

Here are five products to help keep your fencing in good shape.

CLEAN YOUR FENCING WITH GREEN GLOOP

Green Gloop Cleaning Fluid is a concentrated detergent, disinfectant and deodoriser that is harmless to all animals and fowl. With a pleasant floral odour, it is also environment friendly.Fill an old sponge with a strong diluted solution of Fieldguard GREEN GLOOP, fold the sponge in half with the tape inside the cavity. Then just walk along the length pulling the sponge along and this will clean the tape and bring it up like new.Green Gloop is the preferred cleaner in many livery yards, stud farms, professional kennels and catteries, and an animal health laboratory. It is ideal for cow barns, chicken and bird housing, pig pens and farrowing crates.

Green Gloop is available NOW direct from Fieldguard

2 Litre Bottle (£6.75/Litre) £14.20 (exc. VAT and delivery)
8 x 2 Litre Bottles (£5.81/Litre) £98.00 (exc. VAT and delivery
25 Litre Container (£5/Litre) £138.00 (exc. VAT and delivery)

REPLACEMENT STAINLESS STEEL TENSIONING WIRE

Sometimes the wire in the tensioner becomes misshapen or ‘unwinds’, invariably when an animal has made violent contact with the electric fence tape. The system is designed for this to be the weak point that gives way in such circumstances. It is cheaper to replace the wire than tape.
Stainless steel tensioning wire (R36N) £3.00 (exc.VAT and delivery)
 

ELECTRIC FENCE TENSIONER (R36V)

This is absolutely essential in all tape systems as the tape – to be effective – must be held and tensioned. This electric fence tensioner is used at all breaks in a straight tape run such as corners, gate openings, and the start and finish of a run.It is supplied with two self tapping coach bolts (R36S) to go into wood stakes.
Electric fence tensioner (R36V) £5.00 (exc.VAT and delivery)

SPECIAL INSULATOR (R8)

This special insulator is made from soft plastic and has rounded edges that grip the tape firmly so that it does not wear with wind movement. It also maintains existing tension. The cap can be secured to the insulator with its own violin pressure pegs or separate screws (R8S). Neither can be over tightened but hold the cap with the correct pressure on the tape to stop chafing.
Special Insulator (R8) £0.70 (exc.VAT and delivery)

KEEP TIDY FOR TENSIONER TAPE (PINSN)

These are a more stable form of keep tidy, although not as convenient as the R36CLIP when re-tensioning tape. One half of the tidy is pushed through both tapes and the other half clipped to it on the other side. It makes a very neat fixing.
Keep tidy for tensioner tape (PINSN) £2.10 (exc.VAT and delivery)

Fieldguard electric fencing for horses

electricfencing

Fieldguard electric fencing tape is the original tape, developed by Fieldguard with our French partners – both being horse breeders – in 1984.

By its nature, electric fence tape has high electrical resistance and requires large power units. To mitigate this Fieldguard 40mm electric tape is made with 10 x 0.4mm stainless steel filaments, which is perfect when used with our Speedrite electric fence energisers.

Animals touch the edge, so the filaments of the 40mm tape (excluding white) are bunched along each leading edge, and this has a second advantage for if a filament breaks there is no loss of power transmission.

Creatures of flight, particularly horses, have difficulty seeing fencing less than 40mm wide. Therefore we do not sell wire, string, rope, netting or thin tapes.

To create safe horse fencing you require: a wide tape band that can be either fixed to wood uprights for a permanent, safe fence, or onto glass fibre stakes to construct moveable safe field fencing. It is the minimum width that can be seen by a spooked, bolting horse. Easy to self-erect and highly cost-effective, being roughly one quarter of the price of good quality wooden post and rail fencing. It is Ideal for livery yards, stallion fencing and stud farm fencing; the perfect field and paddock fencing.

Fieldguard electric fencing for horses can fulfil every containment need. For instance it can be used to temporarily fence an area, to render a barbed wire fence safe, keep a stallion in (or out) or as a complete, stand-alone field fencing installation. It provides for fantastic stallion fencing.

Fieldguard also stock a full range of accessories to complete your installation including electric fence gates, tape tensioners and electric fence insulators.

Spring is just around the corner

Fencing maintenanceTime to think about fettling your fencing ready for 2018 so that turning out is still safe and angst free.

A well installed and maintained Fieldguard fencing system will last for very many years, but it does need a little tender loving care from time to time – something we tend to forget while it is working and looking smart. The old saw ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ holds as true even with our tough product.

The first thing to do is check the voltage in the system. It should be well above 3,000 volts to be effective. If it is down, then it could be a bad dose of vegetation infesting the fence – note to our livery, there is a whole bank of dead bracken along the lower fence at the moment, so no wonder there is barely a trickle of power in the system – or poor power connections somewhere along the line. If you live in dry conditions, it could be that there is not quite enough earth.

Best to start at the beginning. Disconnect the energiser and measure the voltage it is putting out off load. It should be in the region of 10-12,000 volts. Re-connected and significant voltage drop then there is something amiss in power transmission to the tape or in the tape itself.

If there is any black soot like substance around the stainless parts, that is connectors, tensioners, gate handles that is actually oxidisation. It should be cleaned off with emery cloth and then sprayed with WD40. If it is on the tape filaments, that will invariably occur where the tape is connected to the tensioner, gate handle or joining buckle. At that point the tape filaments have turned to nonconductive carbon. Just pull the tape a little further through to bypass the ‘break’.

Fencing MaintenanceHaving cleared the excess vegetation, cleaned the connections it is now time to smarten things up a bit. Fill an old sponge with a strong diluted solution of Fieldguard GREEN GLOOP, fold the sponge in half with the tape inside the cavity. Then just walk along the length pulling the sponge along and this will clean the tape and bring it up like new. If the tape is heavily infested it may take two or three rubs along the run to clear the mess.

Finally, check all the insulators are firm, tensioners not buckled and re-tension the tape. Finish off by either wiping grease or petroleum jelly on all the stainless steel parts of the system. You should end up with a fence that looks as if it has been newly installed.

Muddy, wet gateways? Yuk!

Honeycomb Mats

With the amount of rain that has fallen during the past three weeks even the freest draining soils have tended to become waterlogged. Hock deep mud that sucks your gum boots off.

You might think it too late to do anything about it this year, but we can offer a potential route to instant salvation.

Celia Cross Mat RenewalOur Honeycomb Mats allow the grass to grow through them, are very flexible, so they can conform to uneven ground. For rigidity, they rely on the root mass of grass and, in turn, protect the roots from depredation from sharp hooves.  To be completely effective, the mats need to be resting on top of the soil so their depth allows grass growth. As the holes fill with earth, so it depletes the ability of the grass to regenerate. This means that the ideal time to install them is in the spring, as the ground is hardening and grass enjoying maximum growth.

Another highly effective solution, particularly in the current sodden conditions, is to lay our stiff plastic mesh (M9) before laying the mats.

It acts as a sort of artificial root system and the mats can then be dropped straight onto the mesh, seeded and, hopefully, no more hock deep mud and fears of mud fever!

A word of caution. The mats will still fill with mud, so it would be wisest that once the ground is starting to harden to lift the mats, knock out the clods that have formed in each cavity and then drop the now empty mats back onto the mesh. Bingo, lovely lush grass three months later and very definitely no gloopy boot sucking mud next winter.

POSTSCRIPT to ‘The Diary of a Dog’

Bandit Diary of a DogAs some time has passed since my great scribble project, I am sure you’d like to know the current state of play. Well, first of all spring still hasn’t arrived, even though British Summer Time has; and even the swallows have returned! The winds have been icier and more cutting than in January, and it is always raining, and if it’s not, then it’s drizzling. Yuk!

I feel so healthy and full of beans that it’s spurt or bounce everywhere, and it’s up and out at every opportunity. I can even, finally, run Willow into the ground. In the rear department my tail usually resembles a demented windscreen wiper. Of course, it goes without saying that my face is constantly split in half with a smile, for life just couldn’t be better. Our bundles, always instigated by me I might add, are really energetic; and we’ve taken to sharing our beds.

Wills has given up mining, and taken to hunting instead. Her main areas are the canyon behind the stables and the laurel hedge: her bag to date being five bunnies. That hedge is worrying Bertie, for it is the Belgium to his Maginot Line onto the road, and he gets very twitchy.  Incidentally, he’s still not twigged how I can get through the front gate defences.

Rather like the bog rolls of yore, I’ve taken to gardening. The warehouseman is bashing into it for its annual wash and brush up; and the quad bike is working overtime. He doesn’t seem to appreciate my efforts to help one little bit. In fact, he gets quite shirty; but, happily, it’s Wills who gets the flak. These being a classic case of “give a dog a bad name” of course.

It goes without saying that the change of times is playing havoc with my toilet arrangements.

No more crashing into the board fence either, for the adventurous pussy cat, who caused us such angst, was wandering in the road and a car ran it over. That’s one aggravation less for the other is too timid to venture out alone.

Domestically, we still ricochet from one disaster to the next; the latest being yet another go at cooking tapioca - when the precious and irreplaceable little blue Poole Pottery container shattered in the intense heat of the top oven. He followed that by making a second batch, which came out all lumpy. He’ll never learn of course, he’s too senile for that, and why this perseverance with tapioca I ask? He decided that the printer had shot it, so bought a new one; but then the old one got over its sulk, and is now working again, but only AFTER he’d unpacked the new one and burnt all the packaging! He did turn over the utility room and, like Dr. Livingston, finally located the source of the worst icicle though. The remaining one is a mere zephyr.

On the squeaky ball front, there was an atmosphere so Bertie bought Willow one. It’s smaller, squeakier and ovoid shaped – just perfect to take for an extended run which I do all the time; for Wills may well snarl but she’ll never actually fight for it – so there’s now even more of an atmosphere.

Yesterday I took it for our morning walk and it obviously loved the burn-ups, for it squeaked away like mad all the time. Then he pulled a fast one on us by buying her an even nicer squeaking bone which, obviously, I instantly purloined. Now there is a dilemma which squeaky to claim? Think I’ll leave her the ovoid and concentrate on the bone; or perhaps the bone and let her have the ovoid. Wills is being very difficult about the whole thing. The original squeaky ball, of course, is absolutely last week, and lying unloved in a corner of the kitchen.

Well that’s about it Ta ta.


 

Diary of a Dog

The Diary of a Dog by Bandit, illustrated by Viv Levy and transcribed by Robert Powell charts the day to day happenings of a retired greyhound as he settles into a domestic life, as seen through his eyes.

Available direct from our web store.

Helping you Spring Clean with Products from Fieldguard

Spring time is always a good time to clean out your stables and yards. At Fieldguard we have two top products to help ease the workload.

The Gripper Mat Mover THE GRIPPER MAT MOVER

£18.00 each (exc. VAT and delivery)Our Gripper Mat Mover Tool, literally does help ease the workload by making the arduous task of moving mats much easier and much quicker. We recommend using two Gripper Mat Movers when moving heavy items in order to get maximum benefit whatever your size.The Gripper, which has featured in Horse and Rider, is a single hand positive grip, positive release handle that is ideal for moving flat, heavy objects, such as rubber mats, carpets, sacks, heavy bags, tarpaulins and covers where a finger grip is usually the norm. Because The Gripper allows full hand grip rather than finger grip, it is an invaluable tool to enable even the slightest person to manoeuvre heavy, often wet and smelly, mats with relative ease. It is an invaluable tool when cleaning messy stables, for it makes single handed manoeuvring of the mats possible. No more strained backs or painfully tired hands as you struggle to keep a grip when moving them on your own.The Gripper has a pull strain of 200kgs, so is capable of moving the heaviest of mats and carpets.

Green GloopGREEN GLOOP CLEANING FLUID

Green Gloop Cleaning Fluid is a concentrated detergent, disinfectant and deodoriser that is harmless to all animals and fowl. With a pleasant floral odour, it is also environment friendly.Green Gloop Cleaning Fluid was originally formulated as an ammonia neutralising liquid and germicide specifically for equine use. It is now used in dog kennels, runs and yards as well as with many other animals and fowl where 100% cleanliness is essential. It exceeds the specification, and so has been certified to EN 14349:2012 as being a suitable disinfectant and germicide for veterinary use on non-porous surfaces. Green Gloop is available NOW direct from Fieldguard2 Litre Bottle (£7.10/Litre) £14.20 (exc. VAT and delivery)8 x 2 Litre Bottles (£6.13/Litre) £98.00 (exc. VAT and delivery)25 Litre Container (£5.20/Litre) £130.00 (exc. VAT and delivery)

KEEP THE HOME CLEAN WITH OUR LARGE COIR DOOR MAT

Large Coir Door MatLarge Coir Door Mat MR50 £10.50 (exc. VAT and delivery)This large attractive coir door mat with an etched horse head design is ideal for doorways, entrance porches, tack rooms, public halls, offices, shops, workshops and anywhere where a tough dirt and moisture preventative mat is required.