Agriculture Stray Voltage

Stray voltage describes a voltage difference between two surfaces that an animal can reasonably be expected to touch. Should the animal touch both surfaces simultaneously, electrical current will flow through its body.

Stray voltage leads to a variety of problems around the farm, some of which are mere nuisance. However, other stray voltage problems reduce productivity thereby cutting into profits.

Stray voltage can not only cause behavior problems in the herd, it can also reduce production by causing the cows to avoid feeders and waterers associated with current flow, and reduce the effectiveness of mastitis treatment efforts. As we go on, we'll discuss how to look for and remedy the various stray voltage problems around the farm.