Considerations for Electric Goat Fencing, Part 2

| 5/18/2020 10:33:00 AM


In Part 1, we learned that there are two things a goat rental professional must have, to contain the goats on a work site: fencing and a working energizer. Depending upon the size of your goat rental business, you may need more than four fences. The Barnyard Weed Warriors haul 75 goats that will eat about 1/2 acre a day. Generally, you want the animals in the smallest area, to get the best clearing. Still, moving fences daily can be tiring, especially if it is rough terrain or thick brush.

How much fencing do you need? has an excellent catalog with a diagram that shows you how to figure the number of fences you will need. But you still need to make a decision on how much you should have on hand. One square acre is 208.71 feet per side. The different lengths of fencing available varies from 80 up to 164 feet in length. So, for one square acre, you will need about five 164-foot-long fences. (208.71 X 4=834.84 feet,  Divide 834.84 by 164'= 5.09 fences).  


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I usually put up 5 to 6 fences and let my 75 goats work on the area for two days. While they are getting near the end of the foliage to eat, I start setting up another section of fencing, if we have more than an acre to manage. Since I have 15 fences (I do up to 5 to 10 acres at some sites), I simply put up another section of fence and then when the goats are done, I open up a corner and let them into the new area, close the fence and take up 3/4 of the first set of fencing, basically leap-frogging the fences as we move along.

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