Fencing for Goats

I have spent a lot of time building fence for goats. I have also spent a lot of time looking for goats that escaped, herding goats back into fences, repairing the fences they destroyed, sawing through cattle panels so they could get their heads out of the fence, and answering the doorbell to find neighbors standing with my goats in the front yard. There are two reasons for all of this. First, when I started trying to fence goats in, I knew very little about fencing or goats and so I had to learn by trial and error. The second reason is that goats don't believe that fences are meant for them. To a goat, fences are just a minor inconvenience as they go about their lives doing whatever they want to do. That said, there are some things you can do to slow them down and potentially keep them where you'd like them to be. In this short video, Brian Freking of Oklahoma State University extension talks about the different kinds of fence you can choose from, and gives some hints and tips on how to make them work.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWgZ3CRQ1jM Here's the link for tablet readers. If you're as optimistic as I am, and therefore tend to believe that everything is going to go as smoothly in real life as it do

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  1. I used the polynet fence and tried for 10,000 volts especially at first. If it arcs into their nose then they will only test it two to three times in the first 15 minutes before learning that it hurts too much. Goats do an amazing job of brush management and we learned that we could rejuvenate oak savannah in the Midwest by moving the goats weekly before they got down the preference list to oaks. Oak is near the bottom of the list here.

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