I had more excitement this morning than I wanted.
Sprite's cattle decided that they wanted to be in the next paddock and in the garden.
Since they weren't acting like they were heading to the road, I had time to be deliberate.
I drove fence posts to subdivide the paddock they were in.
I turned off the energizer
I spread shelled corn to pull them into the half I wanted them in.
I ran a wire at 15 inches and baling twine at 36 for visibility.
I repaired the stretch they had pushed through.
I turned the energizer back on.
I moved the water and salt.
I refilled the water.
Then I checked the fence. No voltage.
I disconnected most of the fence with the knife-blade switches I installed earlier this year. Still no voltage.
I finally found it. Something (a deer?) had pushed the woven wire fence into the barbed wire. A barb caught and held the fence. A quick tap with the screwdriver and the hot wire popped off.
I would venture that half of my shorts are related to this issue. The Captain was frugal to a fault. He was big on re-purposing fence wire and simply HAD to reuse barbed wire.
I think it is time to invest about $60-to-$120, strip out the barbed and run smooth, galvanized.