Beulahs Tips for Keeping Goats in the Fence

| 1/16/2014 3:53:00 PM

Hellooooooooo! Beulah Belle the Jersey Cow here! I’ve heard the farmers say that unless a fence can hold water, it can’t hold goats either. Well, around here, that seems to be true, as the farmers are constantly chasing goats back into our pasture from one side or the other. Today I wanted to share with you a couple of tips for keeping your goats in the fence. Maybe my farmers will even read it and finally be able to keep the goats where they belong!

Beulah Belle the Jersey Cow close up

1. Buy good fencing. Don’t try to make do with barbed wire. Goats need good sturdy fencing, and if they have horns, make sure your holes are too small for them to get their heads stuck in. We wouldn’t want the little boogers getting stuck! They make an awful racket and it puts the farmers all in a tizzy.

2. Use electric fencing when necessary. If you have goats that you just can’t keep in the fence, you may need to look at running a “hot wire” or two. (But if you have a very loquacious cow, I would recommend keeping the “hot wire” away from her.)

3. Don’t put anything goats could climb on too close to the fence. This includes hay. They will just climb right up and jump over. Hee hee! You should have seen the day the farmers realized the goats were jumping into their vegetable garden!

4. Keep a close eye on your goats.  If you think they are getting out, keep an extra close watch so that you can repair any weak spots in your fence as soon as possible. A goat can turn a weak spot into a hole big enough for a cow to get through pretty quickly. Just sayin’

3/25/2015 2:31:03 AM

Thanks for nice ideas on fencing that you have shared with us.I really liked your thoughts which you have introduced.Really amazing.I also deal with California Fence Company that is excel for fencing in and around Orange County.Visit this link for more details.

1/19/2014 2:43:24 PM

Hannah, Beulah Belle, great points to think about when confining goats. Personally, I've not had any goats to contain but I can see the wisdom in your fencing points of interest. My lot in life is not to keep animals in but to keep wild animals out of my garden. The suggestions that you talk about are similar except I have to include diggers, jumpers, climbers, and, of course, aerial assaults from the wild turkeys. As a result, many tools including fences are used to protect the garden. ***** Have a great goat fencing to prevent escape day.

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