"Lawnmower effect" due to mouflon deer

Ein Wildschaf Widder in der freien Natur These wild sheep prefer large, continuous, light deciduous, mixed and pine forests as habitat. In areas with a smaller proportion of forests, mouflon can also switch to browsing in fields. They are actually fairly frugal and are content with sparse food. However, one can also see the “lawnmower effect” so familiar from domestic sheep with mouflons – especially when large herds cause massive browsing damage to grain and rapeseed fields, for example. They also cause damage by trampling and to stores.

An electric fence with four wires, or preferably five wires when large numbers occur, has proven successful in preventing such damage. A powerful 12 V AKO fence device with a fence voltage of around 4000 to 5000 volts and an impulse energy of 1 to 5 Joules is used. Excellent grounding is a basic prerequisite for any electric fence. As wild boar are also found in many areas, this should also be taken into account when setting up an electric fence to deter mouflons.

The defence fence must be at 1.60 m to 1.80 m in height. A wooden post should be sunk at each corner of the field and, depending on the fence length, halfway along each side of the field, to which insulators are screwed. (Plastic) posts, preferably with integrated wire eyelets, are installed in between (depending on the terrain) at intervals of 7 m to 8 metres depending on the height of the fence. The wires are tensioned on the wood posts, whereas they only need to be inserted into the eyelets of the plastic posts.

Mouflon defence fence

Mouflon defence fence
  1. White-blue TopLine Plus fence wire
  2. Blue TopLine Plus fence tape
  3. Blue signal tape
  4. Aluminium strips or rags
  5. Fence connection cable with alligator clips
  6. Signal light
  7. Warning sign
  8. Insulators


The distance between the wires and the ground should be 20, 40, 60, 100 and then 160 cm or 180 cm. The largest distance can be between the uppermost wire to the one beneath it.
Important:
mouflons must be able to see the electric fence as an obstacle. This is why you should tension a blue AKO TopLine Plus Fence Tape at both 40 and 120 cm height. A whiteblue AKO TopLine Plus polywire is then tensioned above and below this.
Our tip:
the fence becomes easier to see if there is a blue signal tape tensioned at 160 cm or 180 cm. This also causes movement noises in the wind. In areas exposed to wind, we recommend that you cut the signal tape into several pieces and secure one piece to the top of each post. It's worth the effort!

Alternative:
AKO EasyNet sheep nets
are tried and tested from domestic sheep farming. AKO offers the blue WildNet with three conductive TriCOND rows for keeping wild animals at bay. The AKO WildNet has a length of 50 m and a height of 75 cm above ground. The netting elements can be easily connected together. Optimum mouflon deterrence means affixing at least two blue AKO TopLine Plus fencing tapes at

“Lactic ripe oats and wheat in particular, but also all other crops are very much at risk. Should there be a large herd, a huge amount of additional trampling damage and damage to stores can occur. Although mouflons are excellent jumpers, it only jumps even low fences if under significant pressure, which makes it easy to keep away from at-risk areas using an electric fence.”

GAME MASTER MATTHIAS MEYER – professional hunter in a large private forestry and hunting administration, author