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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.

Green Gloop – the essential spring cleaning fluid for stables and yards

Now that we are in the final, dreary dog days of winter, most of us are starting to plan for the year ahead.

Very soon stables will be vacated and the annual clean take place. This year we have not only the reliable, and recently enhanced, Green Gloop cleaner, but a new and most useful mat moving product called 'The Gripper' that is due very soon.

In 2016 the EU imposed new regulations and restrictions on chemicals used around or with animals. There were also directives on the levels of packaging to make them more ‘child proof’. Green Gloop fell into this category and it had to submit to stringent safety tests. Primarily because it is water based the cleaning fluid passed with not only flying colours but with a commendation that it was safe to use by Veterinary establishments on hard surfaces.

Every silver lining has a cloud, of course, and we were not immune, for the level of concentration of the fluid (why pay to ship water) meant that we had to re-label incorporating vast levels of frightening and unnecessary warnings. This could have been avoided if we had agreed to dilute the product before bottling. However, it would also mean that shipping costs would escalate, so we bit the bullet and stayed with the current high concentrate and terrifying warnings.

Because the formula was so well inside the set parameters it gave us the opportunity to slightly change it and beef up some of the constituents, with the result that Green Gloop has become even more effective at what it does, which is neutralise the ammonia in equine urine, clean and sterilise mat surfaces, and fumigate stables. Basically, we are now offering a far better product, as concentrated as previously, that represents even better value for money as it didn’t incur any additional production costs.

The downsides being these unnecessary and scary enjoiners to how to use the product safely. To exceed the EU Directive EN14349 for Veterinary surface disinfectants we also had to double the dilution rate, although this is totally unnecessary, as it is the same product as previously, only better. So, when you read the rate of dilution on the bottle being 2 or 4 cups per 16 litres of water just continue with the old and more economic rate of 1 or 2 cups.

The other downside is new, ‘secure cap’ bottles that are virtually impossible to open for the first time. We suspect this is temporary as there has been such an outcry throughout the EU that the restrictions on caps have recently been substantially modified – back to what they were previously.

There is a knack, as this mini video illustrates.

How to open a Green Gloop Cleaning Fluid bottle