Training the Animals
We can put up all the fencing we want, but if these ornery goats do not respect it, then it is all for naught. As such, we have set up a small area for the goats to learn that touching the wire causes discomfort.
This same method for training could be used no mater what livestock you plant to pasture.
Then we can trust this fencing more as we expand it into areas of our property we cannot see from the house. What we do not want is to move the goats away from the home and find out they have wandered out of the fence and into the woods where we likely would not find them again.
Since goats also like to rub against fencing, which can cause it to bend and weaken, the shock of the fence should deter this habit as well.
We will take the time that they are clearing this area to set up the next section. By the time they are done they should be familiar with the fence and we should be able to trust them, and it, on a larger scale.
Putting up the fencing will go fairly quickly around most of the property, as there are places to put the wire that do not have to be trimmed back before we can install the wire. You see, the wire cannot be grounded (touch trees, grass, thorns, etc) or the whole system goes down.
You would end up with just some wire that the goat will easily climb through. There are, however, some places where it will be quite difficult to run the wire. Thankfully, most of the areas like that are on the boarder of our neighbor who has cows.
With his permission we will run the wire on the inside of HIS property line, where there are very little weeds. That will save us a ton of time and effort. Once the goats have the area on our side cleared out, we can snip the wire, bring it back on our side, splice it, and go forward from there!
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