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There is a lot to think about when you’re renovating a home. You need to make many decisions, starting with what contractor to use and how much money you want to spend. It helps if you have a clear vision for how you want your home to look when you’re done. If you’re not sure what it is that you want yet, take some time to look through my blog. I’ll discuss everything from home additions to flooring materials to appliances and fixtures. These articles will help you get a sense of the possibilities for your home renovation, and help you narrow down your options. Eventually, you’ll decide on the renovations that are right for you.

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5 Fencing Options For Keeping Your Goats Safe And Away From Your Neighbor's Flowers

Pamela Gonzales

The recent rise in interest in self-sufficiency has led to many goats living in suburbs and even urban areas, resulting in heated disagreements when those critters get loose and munch a prized rose bush right to the ground. Many newcomers think they can simply tie their goat to a tree and leave them be, but this leaves them at the mercy at coyotes, wild dogs, and their own tendency to wrap a rope or chain around their neck. Get a fence that fits your budget while still keeping your goats safe by choosing one of these five options.

Net Wire

Most goat farmers stick with a flexible wire fence with small gaps commonly called net wire. Resembling a fishing net, it is light enough to stretch 25 feet between posts and requires less sturdy posts than heavier welded wire products. While the openings are small enough to prevent problems with escaping or trapped adults, the gaps can still let kids through if they leave the nanny goat's side. You can either keep the kids in a separate enclosure with a different fencing material or cover the bottom two feet of the fence with a material with smaller gaps.

Chain Link

If keeping predators out and goats in is your biggest concern, you can't beat chain link fencing. The small openings prevent goats from getting stuck and serving as a convenient meal, while the thick wire resists the efforts of predators to break in. However, it's also the most expensive option and requires professional installation to meet your safety goals. Trying to stretching chain link on your own will leave you with invisible gaps where both the goats and predators can push under the fence due to uneven tension.

Barbed Wire

When saving money is more of a priority, classic barbed wire is a good option. However, don't assume you can make the five strand layout used for controlling cattle and expect your goats to respect it. When keeping full-sized meat or dairy goats, you'll need a minimum of 10 strands spread evenly down a four or five foot tall fence, leaving a gap of no more than six inches at the top and no spaces bigger than three or four inches at the bottom. Don't forget to invest in heavy-duty posts and braces to support the tension needed to keep the barbed wire strands from being pushed out of place.

Electric Fence

For an option that sits in the middle of the road cost wise and remains easy to setup on your own, try electric fencing. In order to control goats with electricity, you'll need

  • Solid T-posts at a five or six foot height
  • Insulators to keep the metal posts from interrupting the electrical circuit
  • Four or five strands of electric wire, with the wide ribbon style being the best for both visibility and electrical shock
  • Fence tighteners and post braces to maintain tension
  • Grounding rods
  • Chargers to provide electricity, either from an extension cord or a solar panel.

The entire setup still costs a little more than other forms of welded wire, but you can find portable systems that allow you to change out the goat's pasture as often as you like. You can also combine one or two strands of electric fencing with other materials to make them more secure.

Cattle Panels

Finally, don't forget about cattle and hog panels. These are large sections of welded wire, usually sold in 16 foot lengths, but the openings are often too big for goats and leave them stuck in the fence. Adding a lining of inexpensive chicken or rabbit wire, with one or two inch gaps, keeps even the smallest kids and predators from going through the fence. These panels cost more per linear foot than basic net or welded pasture fencing, but they're quick to install and don't need tightening due to the pre-cut design.

For more information, contact a professional fencing business such as the Outdoor Fence Company.