Friday, April 30, 2010

Goat Fencing

Producers have numerous fencing options for the confinement and protection of livestock. Many traditional materials such as barbed and woven wire fences are suitable for fencing. However, newer materials including high tensile wire should also be considered prior to selecting a fencing type. The fencing type should be selected for maximum effectiveness of individual fencing needs. Fencing materials should provide the longest life and lowest maintenance to optimize the fencing system for livestock confinement and protection. Routine inspection and maintenance is helpful in giving long and troublefree service.
Several options are currently available for goat operations that include barbed wire, cable, woven wire, net wire, and electric fencing.  Factors for selecting a fencing type include affordability, maintenance, durability, and effectiveness of containing livestock. Fencing types vary from physical barriers such as woven wire and board fences to psychological barriers such as electrified
poly wire or tape. High tensile electric fences are a combination of both barrier types.

To read more about fencing for goats be sure to read the rest of Chapter 3 - Fencing from the Oklahoma Basic Meat Goat Manual from which this today's blog is taken.

1 comment:

  1. When we first decided to get into goats we were told we needed the strongest fencing possible to contain them. We already had 48" tall 2x4" woven wire horse fence in one pasture. We have since gotten rid of the horses but that fence works great. For cross fencing I have found that the welded wire fencing will work, though it will show the abuse of the goats much faster. We've been lucky though, as our goats (boers, boer percentages, and some nubians) don't really test the fence.