City Girl Goes Country

A glimpse into my life as I transform from a city girl into a goat farmers wife!

Is the grass greener on the other side?

Is the grass always greener on the other side?  If you are a goat it sure seems like it!  This weekend we worked on fencing.  Now this is a topic that I’ve known nothing about until this past year. All of the different options, the challenges that goats present when it comes to fencing and the pricing!  WOW is fencing expensive!! 

This year we are trying several different fencing options.  In the past we have used cattle panels, goat panels, woven wire and hot wires.  This year we have decided to add electric netting and chain link into the mix and see what comes of it. 

The problems I’ve seen with fencing mostly stems from our goats horns.  If the panel has an opening that is big enough that they can stick their head in, they will!  The problem comes in when they try to remove their head.  The horns get caught and then you have a very frantic goat trying to get unstuck.  Unfortunately if you aren’t around to let them free their back legs will end up giving out and they will hang themselves in the fence.  So in my book, this is reason enough to stop using any panels that have openings large enough to fit their heads in.

Between our pasture and our rye field we have been using 3 hot wires.  Theoretically the goats will either sense that the wires or hot or they will get a little jolt when they try to move through the wires.  Thursday night I’m walking over to get in the truck and turn my head only to see a small pack of goats strolling through the backyard of the farm house!  Luckily they hadn’t been there long and we were able to round them up and get them back in the pasture!

Friday it was more of the same but this time they were out in the rye field having a little snack!  I grabbed a bucket of grain and went down into the pasture.  As soon as the goats noticed that I had grain they wanted back into the pasture from the rye field.  Slowly they all started moving to one spot along the fence and just like school children lined up single file and ducked under the wires so that they were lightly grazing their backs against the wire and therefore not getting a jolt of electricity. After reviewing the situation it looks as though the goats have rubbed a spot down in the ground just far enough that they can crawl right under the wire!  Fencing fail! 

The goat panels are nice.  They are small squares so that they can’t get their heads caught and they are heavy duty.  With heavy duty comes HEAVY!  Last year I was taking down some panels to move them and “thought” I was tough enough to lift the 16ft long panel over my head and carry it!  Luckily my soon to be mother-in-law was pulling in the driveway just in time for her to see me wither to the ground pinned down by the weight of the panel! LOL It had to have been hilarious to see!  Luckily Dustin wasn’t around to see that or the teasing would have never ended!

The electric netting is interesting and surprisingly reasonably priced.  It isn’t something that I would want to use for any permanent fencing but I think it will be handy for places where we are moving pasture paddocks around.  We ordered our first bit of it a few weeks ago and set it up in one of our pastures this past weekend.  We will see if it keeps the goats out of the rye field! We could be spending a lot more money at Premiere One Supply if it works well!

On the other end of the spectrum I decided I’d like to try chain link.  It isn’t something I’ve seen for farming use much (not that I’ve been on a lot of farms) but I think it could be a good permanent fencing solution for our new goat yards.  Pricing wise it is much more manageable then goat panels.  The expensive parts are the poles and accessories which we won’t be using.  The goats won’t be able to get stuck in it and using 6ft tall fence around the borders will help prevent predators from getting in!  

So now you know what little I know about fencing!  LOL These are the things that keep me up at night these days!

Posted 390 weeks ago

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