Goat fencing is something that we have talked about previously. To see our reviews of several goat fencing types, click here. Since our initial goat fencing review, we have added several goats to the herd. As part of these herd additions, we added two bucks.
Now, as you may know, bucks are usually kept separate from does. To do this, we built a buck house (a simple shed) and partitioned off a part of the does pasture. At the time, like usual, we were trying to think about saving time as well as money while building the buck pen.
We had originally decided on a woven wire fencing with smaller 4×4 squares. This fencing is usually the sturdiest and longest lasting, but it is also the most expensive. Well, for the buck area, it was much smaller than the does pasture and we were sectioning off a corner of the existing pasture – so we only needed two sides of new fencing. We decided that despite the fact we had researched and determined the proper goat fencing for our needs was heavier duty woven wire, we would go with the cheaper welded wire.
Here are our lessons learned:
Money & Time Saving Tips for Proper Goat Fencing –
1. Cheaper isn’t always cheaper afterall. Our girls woven wire pasture has withstood 20+ goats rubbing and climbing on it for several years without needing replacing. The woven wire fencing holding just two young boys already has a piece that needs replacing. I expect that will not be the only time that the boys breakout. As they pop the fencing, we must replace it with more fencing which means more money.
2. Fencing is not a quick thing to put up. It is time consuming and labor intensive. So, while the proper goat fencing that holds the girls in just took one time of installation, every time the other fencing breaks we must spend time to repair it.
3. Safety is another lesson to learn. Luckily, when the boys broke out the first time none of our girls were in heat. We have several young doelings that when bred it can be dangerous for them to carry babies.
All of this has served as a reminder for us that being frugal doesn’t always mean buying the cheapest (upfront) item. This isn’t to say that welded wire or other fencing options cannot serve as proper goat fencing in other situations. However, for us, with a large herd and lots of wear and tear a sturdier fence is ultimately the cheaper, safer and quicker option.
Has anyone experience a goat who is an escape artist?