LOL, I actually was about to ask a goat question - but being new here, I'm getting the sense I'm missing a joke.
My situation: I'm planning to put some fencing up at the edge of our property where it's currently wild brush. The idea is to use goats to clear out some of the nastier mess and improve the soil quality. The goal is to eventually get that area productive.
So long-term I figure we'll need something strong enough to keep deer out, but for now I just need to contain goats (though, again, maybe that's more difficult that I had guessed).
So my question is just what would you recommend in terms of material, post spacing, and height? And does it make sense to build something stronger now, or wait until I have the need?
Thank you for the question, lets start with fencing requirements for goats. First, you want minimum 48” tall fence. As far as materials, with a woven style of fence it is important to stay away from a fence profile with 6” stay spacing (the perfect size for a goat to get their head stuck in). My first pick would be Sheep and Goat fence
, it is a 48” tall fence with 4”x 4” openings, this fence utilizes the S-Knot which is a great knot for animals that like to lean/ rub the fence. This is a fence that constructed of the same line wires that are present in the Solidlock GameFence produced by Bekaert. Solidlock 1348-3
fence is a fence that uses a different knot, the fixed knot products, have a stronger knot, depending on the amount of pressure wildlife and livestock are putting on the fence. The challenge with deer will be the height not the strength of the fence, we recommend an 8’ tall fence for deer exclusion. Post spacing for Sheep and Goat is up to 12’ and the Solidlock 1348-3 will be up to 15’, these post spacings are for ideal situations, depending on stocking densities, terrain, and other factors you may need to adjust the spacings for your situation. Because it is not easy to build fence, I would personally build one strong fence now, to build a temporary fence capable of holding goats is quite an undertaking and by building a strong fence now it will save you in material costs in the long run. Also, if you properly build your fence using quality materials paired with the Bekaert Bezinal coatings you will have fence that will last for 30+ years.