A real-life example of how virtual fencing makes sense (and cents)

Virtual fencing technology has been proven to be an effective solution for both ranch efficiency and cost management. But we’re well aware it can be scary to implement a new technology; on a ranch, every cent and second counts, and unknowns can make it hard to justify a new process as opposed to sticking with physical fences and old electric fencing. But here at Vence, we’ve seen first-hand that it’s those very forward-thinking ranchers who’ve taken the chance on a new process of virtual fencing who have seen rapid and profitable results. And for those still “on the fence,” here’s a story that might help guide you in understanding if virtual fencing technology is right for your ranch. As we continue to work with ranches across the country (and across the borders), it’s becoming evident that virtual fencing technology is helping move ranchers forward. The question is: do you want to be one of those who gets left behind?

An example of Vence at work: Leo Barthelmess of Montana

Leo Barthelmess, a Montana rancher, works 75+ hours a week. Over the previous 30 years, before working with Vence, he had put up roughly 30 miles of physical fences. After implementing Vence technology, within six months he had put up the equivalent of 60 miles of fencing. He was ultimately able to reduce his feed costs and reduce his labor and infrastructure costs. After just one year of working with Vence, he had saved over $200,000, which amounted to a 7.1x return on investment compared to traditional fencing.

Digging deeper

So, what exactly is going on here? Well, it all starts with efficiency. Leo does not have to manually maintain and rearrange physical fencing, so he can alter grazing management with the touch of a button using the HerdManager system. So, not only is he reducing labor on existing fence applications, but he is now able to manage grazing in ways that were previously time- and cost-prohibitive. By more precisely allocating those animals through grazing management, he can increase the overall carrying capacity of the land. In the same vein, Vence’s virtual fencing technology allowed Leo to save money and increase profit margins with reduced infrastructure and labor costs. It’s a one-two punch that drives a nice ROI and gives Leo time back to focus on other important aspects of his process, increasing his productivity in other areas.