Goat fencing

10931068_622478644545211_7450632008879121708_nWhen we built the goat pen for our NIGERIAN DWARF GOATS, we knew that we eventually wanted to make it bigger as our herd grew. So we knew that whatever we did in regards to fencing, it had to be temporary, easily movable, and secure. We decided to use 2×4 welded wire fencing nailed into 8′ long wood panels made from pressure treated 2×4’s. We’ve heard that the welds in wire fencing bust for many people when their goats jump on the fence. However, we have not had broken welds as a problem. Perhaps that is because we have smaller dwarf goats or maybe its because the wire fencing is more secure because it’s nailed to the wood frame verses being attached to T- Posts only. For whatever reason, broken welds have not been an issue thankfully. Woven wire is more expensive than welded wire, but also could be used with this type of fencing.

Also, it’s important to know that typical goat fencing has 4″ x 4″ spacing in the wire. While this spacing is fine for keeping goats from escaping and safe from predators, we found that goats regularly get their heads stuck in the fence. For this reason, we went with 2″ x 4″ spacing. Because of this, we have never had a goat head stuck in the fence.
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Using an assembly line fashion, we built the wood frames. The 2 horizontal 2 x 4’s are exactly 8′ long. The 3 vertical support pieces we cut to 46 1/2″ giving you room to hammer the 4′ high wire fencing to the frame using 1/2″ staples. These panels went together extremely quick saving us time and money. Finally, we pre-screwed 4 screws that were 3 ” long (2 into the left vertical support and 2 into the right vertical support). This made it easy for one person to install each panel without having to struggle to keep the panel level while screwing them into place.

Once the first round corner post was put in place, we ran a string line in the direction we wanted to go and simply placed a panel along the string line. We then knew where to dig the hole for the next round support post. Once the first panel was secured to the 2 vertical round posts, we just kept repeating the process.

All in all, we are extremely happy with how it came out. Not only has it preformed great, we think it looks great too.

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3 thoughts on “Goat fencing

  1. Patrick Booton says:

    Great idea. I have 4×4 goat fencing seperating my bucks from doe’s. When the doe’s come in heat one of our Bucks kept getting his head stuck in the fence. Wish I would have seen your post sooner…

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