Goat Fencing | Going into Goats

Goats are intelligent and agile animals.
They’re proficient climbers and renowned escape artists. They’re also a rewarding
and potentially profitable investment so as you would with any investment, keeping
them secure is critical. If you’re going into goat production, one of the first
things you’ll need to do is establish effective fencing yards and husbandry
facilities. When you decide what type of fencing is most effective for your goats,
do your research, talk to existing goat farmers, consider the type of terrain
you’re working with and think about future growth plans and easy vehicle
access. Fencing for goats is a fair challenge but it’s achievable. When we
came here this property was set up for cattle, the yards for example had very
big spacings between the bars. Due to their love of climbing, goats
generally need higher fencing than sheep or cattle. Fence design should have no
internal sloped posts for climbing and the bottom of the fence needs to securely
hug ground level in order to minimize escape opportunities. Ring lock fencing
900 with the barb on top has been probably the most success we’ve had.
This is a reasonably low cost fence for medium to low pressure areas. It’s got a
low cost netting with a with a plain wire at the bottom and plain wires at
the top and a top barb, so the netting is quite cheap. The critical part of the
whole fence is this bottom wire combination because that’s where goats
go out of. It’s quite rare for a goat once it’s reasonably domesticated to go
over the top, though they can. The bottoms the critical part of any goat
fence. You don’t need to spend vast amounts
of money on special goat yards, cattle yard rails are perfectly high enough,
simply buying a few sheets of sheep mesh and sticking it on the outside with wire
will convert your cattle yards. Due to the load carrying capacity of
this country we could not sustain a $4,000 netting fence so we had to look
for an alternative. The electric fencing although you have to live on the
property to manage it is a wonderful tool. $2,000 a kilometre gets you very good
materials to do a kilometer of a seven wire fencing with a nine meter span between
the post. Steel pickets, two hot wires and two earth returns and either topped
with one or two barbs. Country here is just so dry there’s no moisture in it to
do a ground earth so the system that that’s put in is an earth wire return.
Have the bottom earth as close to the ground as you can and the next live wire
about four inches above that so their nose has to go above the earth wire but
below the live wire. It also has a control mechanism for the wild dogs and
kangaroos. We’ve also used an electric offset fencing, that is very
effective as well and lot lower costs but it does have a higher maintenance
and you’ve got to keep keep that electricity humming and keep shorts out
of it and probably the number one thing that I’d recommend with electricity is
all goats going into electricity have to be trained before they’re put into
electric paddocks. If they’re not trained then there’s no point that it
won’t stop it them. When we first started we had our
training paddocks, but as the animals were bred here
they got used to the electric fencing and no longer tried to escape, even the
Rangeland. Electric fencing is certainly the right thing in some places we’ve
never found it necessary, it takes too much of our time keeping it going, it’s
too expensive to put it up and really the fences we use are more than
adequate anyway. A combination of both types of fencing may also be used with
an electric wire running along conventional fencing as an additional
security measure.Goats look for climbing opportunities for mental stimulation,
providing structures like large rocks and branches away from fence lines can
cater for this need and help reduce the likelihood of them trying to climb
fences. When creating yards and handling areas the comfort and safety of
livestock and handlers should also be considered, so design these areas for
both efficiency and to limit stress on the animals. No one type of fence trap
or yard suits all situations, however the ability
to effectively control goats is fundamental to running a sustainable
goat enterprise. The task may seem daunting but developing a long term
fencing plan and then investing a manageable amount in your fencing
program each year can deliver a significant return on investment, so do
your homework. The key to any of the fencing whether it be electrical or any other
fencing is preparation, preparation, preparation. The more work you do, the better
and the stronger the fence will be in the long run and less maintenance you’ll
have in the long run. For more information about goat fencing visit mla.com.au

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Reader Comments

  1. joemc111

    I am looking at goat fencing and found your page. I don’t know where you are but would like to visit ,Toowoomba,Queensland. So can you put that fence up for $10.00 a meter. Did I say that right. Joe in Dunedin,Florida, USA.

  2. Mauro Luciano Póvoas Souto

    What is the distance from the first ground wire to the ground?

    What is the distance between the first ground wire and the live wire?

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