Riverland Energy reminds you and your family to be safe around electricity and electrical equipment. Part of the cooperative difference means looking out for you with education and training. That's why the co-op partners with Diggers Hotline and the national Safe Electricity program to promote safety awareness.
Learn more and stay safe
- Ag Safety Around Electricity
- Residential Planting Guide
- Family Summer Safety
- Generator Safety
- Safe Electricity for kids, teachers, homeowners, contractors
- Diggers Hotline: Call before you dig!
- Power Line Safety Demonstration
- CFL Disposal
- Be Prepared for Summer Storms and Power Outages, plus Generator Safety
"Stray voltage" is the common term used to describe "neutral-to-earth" voltage in a cow or livestock contact area, usually in the barn. When a cow makes contact between two points with a difference in voltage - such as a watering cup and the concrete floor - an electric current may flow through the cow, which the cow may feel. Such situations can be caused by a variety of electrical problems both on farm and off farm.
Neutral-to-earth voltage may never be completely eliminated because it is present on all grounded electrical distribution systems. However, much can be done to resolve stray voltage concerns. Riverland Energy strives to work with every member until his or her concerns are addressed. If you have a stray voltage concern, Riverland Energy Cooperative can help. The Cooperative has a trailer with special testing equipment that can be brought to farms where stray voltage concerns are being expressed.
If you are worried about stray voltage on your farm, please contact REC about scheduling a stray voltage investigation. You may contact Tammy or call 1-800-411-9115 or 608-323-3381 for more information.