Installing Proper Goat Fencing Video (Video)


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We are coming up on year five of homesteading. One of the first things we did on our homestead was also one of the biggest (and most costly) mistakes we’ve made. We got goats. What’s more we sorely underestimated our goat fencing. In today’s post we are going to show you what’s turned into our most expensive mistake ever and how after several years of upgrades and patches we are now doing what we should have done on day one, and that is to install proper, quality livestock fencing. 

Install Goat Fencing

Five years ago we built our goats a goat house and a huge pen. We used large wooden posts for the fencing and we bought welded wire fencing which we stapled into the wood posts and we’ve had nothing but problems ever since. Being homesteaders who are also YouTubers, we have a ton of footage of our successes and this failure. If we scanned all of that footage we would hear one phrase over and over again, I’d say the words have been spoken on our homestead well over a thousand time: “The goats are OUT AGAIN!”

A farmer once said the best way to test your goat fencing to ensure it will secure your goats is to grab a 5 gallon bucket of water, fill it to the rim and splash the entire bucket through your goat fencing, if a single drop of water makes it through, your goats will surely escape!.

Our first fence looked great but it was rife with issues. At 5 feet high, it seemed tall enough, wrong. Minutes after locking them in our young goat simply jumped over the top of it. Thankfully as they fattened up they couldn’t jump that high anymore. After a while they started tearing up the welded wire fence with their horns. This and they also used the fencing to scratch their worst itches! The bottom of the fencing bowed out. And then they’d horn the bottom of it and escape underneath it. 

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Brought back memories of our homesteading experiences many, many years ago when I was a youngster. Yes, the most feared cry was either "The goats are in the garden!" or "The geese are in the garden!" Best experience in the world for growing up. Continued success to you!

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