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Fencing

Submitted by goatseeker on Fri, 10/06/2006 - 10:44am.

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Fencing is the most important and biggest challenge in maintaining goats. Most goat problems arise from inadequate fencing. Goats are curious and can do tremendous damage in a short period of time. They will jump over, crawl under, squeeze through, stand on, and lean against, all types of fence. Some goats are even clever enough to open latches on gates and doors.

A goat fence can be made of chainlink fence, livestock panels, field fencing (woven wire), or electric wire that is a minimum of four feet high. Stock fencing with 6 inch squares is preferable to the 12 inch type, since kids can climb through the 12 inch holes. Barb wire is not recommended for goats because they can get tangled and cut badly.

Do not place the fence within three feet of anything you do not want to be eaten. Goats like to stretch their necks and eat whatever grows on the other side. Be sure to keep anything that the goats might climb or jump on away from the fence or they will learn to use that object to get to the other side.

The fence for the goat yard or goat pen should provide at least 200 square feet of space per goat. A yard that is 20 feet by 20 feet would allow two goats plenty of room to jump and play. You may want to provide something to climb on such as cable spools, covering the holes with a board to prevent injury.