Having a farm means you spend a great deal of time on fencing. Installing fencing, securing fencing, and repairing fencing is critical for the well being and security of your livestock. There are many types and styles of fencing. The Wingin' it Farms family and our farming partner Straw Hat Kikos has installed a great deal of fencing. For those that are installing their first livestock fencing, we have with Straw Hat Kikos, put together a tutorial about installation and some tips and advice for fencing in general.
We have directed a link to our partners website for more fencing information as well as a "pictorial".
Click on the Straw Hat Kikos Link at the bottom of the page.
Digging and installing a corner post
Left- A nice corner brace
Right- A stringline to help keep your t-post in a straight line while installing.
Left- Completed fencing with several corners and hot-wire attatched at the top.
Right- A nice run of good, tight, well installed fencing.
The use of hot wire
The goats respect the wire, and are easily contained once trained. The LGD's also are trained to the wire and respect it.
An example of the use of temporary shelter with movable hot-wire.
Fencing NOT suitable for goats
Our chicken field was partially enclosed using 2x4 welded wire with deer netting behind it. This damage was done by a weedeater. Goats can also hook there horns in the wire, snapping apart the welds. This becomes a strangling hazard and an escape route. Welded wire is not strong enough for any goat, large or small.