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goat fence question


Now we have these two pygmy goats, and we are looking at fencing options. Currently, they have a big enclosed pen, plus the yard we added today by running three strands of hot wire.

We trained them to the hot wire like I do with the dogs, and they are doing pretty good at getting the idea. We have them on lead ropes, too, just in case.

What I'm wondering is whether to get some of the electric netting to make a 'portable' goat yard. That way we could move the fence and give them fresh grazing as necessary. Has anyone used the electric net fencing? Pros? Cons?
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Re: goat fence question


We tried that type of fencing yrs ago when we lived in VA at our other farm there. It worked great until they figured out how to jump over, but then we are talking big dairy goats and meat goats too. The other problem was when it stormed lightening would always seem to zap our solar charger. emoticon

The plus side to this type of fencing is that you can move it about like you want and where you want it to. Its easy to manage as far as moving too, not too complicated if you have soft ground to poke the fence post sticks into the ground with. I think it would work great for your pygmys though, afterall, they aren't too big and troublesome! Also, electric works good at deterring predators if you have strands close to the ground and high enough so they can't jump over.

What works best for our bigger goats are the cattle panels. They are sturdier than fencing and hold up to goatie paws trying to jump up to see whats going on or to greet you. You can also move them about too, but you have to pound vs poke the posts into the ground and then use clips to hold them.

Hope this helps a little.
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