Seedstock producer, Mike King from Oakway, S.C., says that droughts and low cattle prices have driven him to resort to extreme tactics to squeeze a profit out of his cattle operation. This led him to discover a terrific substitute for a metal grounding rod for use with his battery powered electric fence charger. Mr. King uses an old power pole discarded by the local utility service. The discarded power poles have a copper wire coil at the bottom and a copper wire that runs from the coil to the other end of the pole for use in case of lightning strikes. The large amount of copper on the pole make them great grounds when placed back in the soil properly.

Mr. King cuts these "grounding posts" to 9-1/2 feet long. He then augers a post hole in the ground about 5 feet deep in a fenceline location that divides his paddocks. After cleaning out the excess dirt out of the hole he pours a box of salt in the hole, sets the post in and tamps it securely in the soil.

The post is now ready for service.

It serves as a super support for various wire fences in the fenceline.

It holds the charger by driving a nail in the post to secure the charger.

It also acts as a quality ground now and 20 years down the road.
Last of all the grounding post provides a secure means to attach the electric fence wire to.

Mr. King says that the actual savings would be around $15.00 per paddock. However, the aggravation of not having to drive a ground rod and dodge it for years while mowing hay or bush hogging is worth thousands of dollars.