How to Build a Goat Fence
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Goats are peculiar animals, there’s no doubt. If you’re a goat owner you’re aware they are fond of climbing and are naturally very inquisitive.
Because of their curiosity and ability to climb, a fence that keeps them safe is a top priority on the farm
With different fencing solutions available, what’s the best fence for goats? Let’s see!
A few things about goats
As stated, goats are naturally curious livestock, which form groups called herds. This trait makes them just as social as sheep, cows and other types herd animals. For this reason, goats should be in company of other goats.
Babies, which are called kids, are able to walk within a short span after being born, since they’re easy prey for predators. Their intelligence is comparable to that of dogs, being able to recognize their name and respond to it.
Popular goat breeds, common in America, include Nigerian dwarf goats, Alpine goats, and Nubian goats.
Goats typically butt their heads as a form of communication: it helps establish ranks, communicate warnings or relieve stress. To show affection, they normally rest their head on each other, or even on humans.
Complex, funny and stubborn, goats require fences that guarantee their safety.
Start at the beginning: plan your fence
Any good fence installation starts with planning. Before even starting to strip wires, you need to determine the area where you’ll place your fence. Goat owners should also take into account the space available to build a pen, the number of goats that will share the space
Part of this planning also requires you to determine the amount and placement of posts that will support your fence wire, and to check for utility lines underground before digging. Complete the process of planning by measuring the amount of fence wire, acquiring it with your local dealer, and finally installing it.
Know your options
Depending on the breed of goat you’re raising, your fence will have different features.
However, as a rule of thumb, a fence that keeps goats safe should meet certain requirements; this is why you should familiarize yourself with them:
- Openings should be small enough to avoid getting horns caught in them.
- The height of the wire fence should be tall enough to deter jumping.
- Electric fencing and electric wire can be used as a primary fence or as an added security measure
STAY-TUFF offers solutions for your goat fencing needs
STAY-TUFF has developed fence profiles that will fit your next installation project
Fixed Knot Fence
Fixed Knot fences are available, in several profiles with the option of 3”, 6” or 12” stay widths
Made with high tensile wire, this is a great way to contain your goats or to keep predators out. Use it for perimeter fencing in order to keep your livestock secure.
Versatile and durable, this fence is capable of handling virtually every breed of sheep and goats.
Its durable horizontal line wires, along with a solid stay wire, help it retain its shape even on uneven terrain, absorbing impacts and outlasting competitors.
With this and ALL STAY-TUFF solutions, fence maintenance is practically unnecessary, meaning you can install it and focus your attention on something else.
Panels are another solution from STAY-TUFF that will give you flexibility and options when containing goats.
These welded wire solutions are practical, versatile, and above all, durable and perform great.
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