Gallagher Ring Top Post

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  • 2015

  • Product
    Commercial and Industrial

Designed By:

  • Gallagher Product Development Team
  • Lead Product Design Engineer Rob Wade
  • Industrial Design Professor Tony Parker

Commissioned By:

Gallagher Animal Management Systems

Designed In:

New Zealand

The Ring Top Post is an innovative, portable, anti tangle, electric fence post used by livestock farmers to make temporary fence lines or enclosures to retain and manage animals. A key component in electric fencing, the posts support and retain a single wire or tape to make grazing strips or pens quickly and easily. Intensive farms use 100s or 1000s of posts and move fences spanning over 100m daily. The new labour saving post offers superior handling, carrying, service life and easy installation over the traditional pigtail post, which is prone to tangling and damage. Its streamlined ergonomic plastic moulded head and foot shape are designed to prevent posts tangling and provide insulation from electric shock.


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  • SOLUTION
  • IMPACT
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  • The form of the Ring Top post is a thoughtfully crafted expression of is primary function, ergonomic handling and manufacturing technology. The injection moulded plastic head and foot are economically moulded onto a straight metal wire shaft. The ergonomic eye shaped head is unique in the market presenting a strong identity and market differentiation. Intentional visual references to the common pigtail design help farmers recognize its functionality and understand use. The moulded foot is carefully crafted to reduce tangling and catching while providing strength and leverage for treadin performance. Company colour and logotype are integral, offering better market promotion, brand awareness and differentiation.

  • The Ring Top post is marketed internationally for use by professional and amateur farmers, farm workers, hobby farmers and lifestyle block owners. It is designed primarily for dairy and beef cattle, and is occasionally used for horses. The benefits are improved ease of use, product life and user satisfaction, leading to productivity and efficiency gains in the workplace. Robust, reliable performance have been designed for and rigorously tested during the product development process.

  • The Ring Top post has been tested to meet high standards of ergonomic and structural safety and address farmers' usability frustrations caused by the traditional pigtail design which include: inherent tangling of existing Pigtail bunches, unreliable insulation causing electrical shorting and shock, premature product failure and structural damage from tough everyday farm use. These problems reduced farm worker productivity as well as general performance and product service life.

  • The product lifecycle varies depending on intensity of use and individual farm environment factors. Conventional Pigtail posts last 5 to 10 years before insulation fails or the post bends out of shape. The Ring Top will last well in excess of 10 years; the steel shaft is plated for corrosion resistance and the glass reinforced nylon head and foot materials offer 10 year plus UV light performance.

    The post is constructed from high grade engineering materials using quality tooling for manufacture. It is constructed from Glass Filled Nylon 6 over molded onto hi-tensile steel rod electroplated to 20 microns thickness. The shaft of the Ring Top post was manufactured from high tensile spring steel and then zinc electroplated for rust protection. The head and foot are made from injection moulded engineering plastic, nylon 6, containing 30% glass fibre as reinforcement filler. The packaging mounting brackets are made using high-density polyethylene (HDP).

    The Ring Top Post has been a huge hit with farmers, significantly increasing the companies total post sales and market share. Total unit sales to date into NZ, Australia and USA markets have exceeded our business case forecasts by a 3 x multiple. It has been recognised for its design and innovation, winning a Gold Award at the NZ Best Design Awards and International Innovation Award winner at NZ's Mystery Creek Farm Field Days, the largest event of its type in the Southern hemisphere.