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GOAT-PROOF FENCE

By: "C.E. Spaulding, D.V.M. and Jackie Clay"
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Goat-Proof Fence
"Goats are smart and athletic, so it's often hard to keep them contained. But in my experience, a combination of electric fence and woven wire stock fence is effective."

GoatWorld Note: I'd have to agree with this. While I've used cattle and horse panels for the larger, adult goats, over time I've found that some goats are prone to jump this type of fence fairly easily. And the one that can just clear the fence risk injury to themselves. Broken feet, torn udder, torn testicles...you name it. It can happen. Adding an electric wire at the top of the fence seems to deter jumping. Adding an electric wire near the bottom or middle of the fence discourages them from pushing and rubbing against the fence.

For smaller kid goats including smaller breeds such as the Pygmy and Nigerian Dwarf, the shorter hog panels will suffice. Adding an electric wire at the top and at the middle or bottom of the fence will also discourage the same behavior as mentioned above.

About the author: This article can be found in "Veterinary Guide for Animal Owners" written by C.E. Spaulding, D.V.M. and Jackie Clay. Copyright 1998 by Jackie Clay (2nd Edition) and 1976 by C.E. Spaulding, (1st Edition).

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