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Barbed Wire Goat Fencing...

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Preservation Acres, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. Preservation Acres

    Preservation Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This looks like a great goat fence.

    Has anyone tried building a fence like this to keep goats in? I'd really like to know.

    This was taken from: http://www.luresext.edu/goats/library/field/hart01.html

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    . Barbed Wire - 10-12 strand

    This fence is a very secure fence that keeps goats in and is difficult for humans to cross. This tends to be one of the more predator-resistant types of fence. It is composed of a number of strands of barbed wire that are closely spaced with wire stays every 4-5 ft to hold the wires in alignment. The wires are spaced 3-3.5 inches apart at the bottom and increased to 4, 5, and 6 inches between the wires towards the top of the fence. Post spacing can be 10-15 ft. Since there are so many strands of barbed wire under tension, careful attention must be given to having a stout set of braces to hold the tension of wire. The cost for1/4 mile of this fence with one set of corners and two line braces and the list of materials needed is as follows:

    12 rolls of barbed wire @$24 each $288
    105 T-posts, 6 ft long (12-ft spacing) @2.83 each 297
    2 line braces posts and horizontal @28 each 56
    1 corner brace @43 each 43
    Total cost of materials 684
     
  2. Epona142

    Epona142 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All I know is:

    Delicate hanging full udders + barbed wire = disaster eventually.

    I would only ever use barbed wire for cattle, and honestly, it doesn't even keep THEM in, as my neighbor's cattle demonstrate quite often.
     
  3. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    never like barb wires around goats/ sheep, nothing but trouble.
     
  4. Chatychick

    Chatychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Blue Mound, Kansas
    With goats ...they say if it dont hold water it wont hold a goat...I use cattle panels for mine and if you are doing a pasture use square wire fence and either hot wire or barb..barb on top and hot at the bottom...My pens are made of cattle panels and horse panels for the bucks. rest of the fence is square and barb wire. Good luck
     
  5. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    Goats + barbed wire = nearly certain disaster.

    We use cattle panels. You could probably get away with really tall feild fencing provided you didn't space you posts too far apart.
     
  6. cluckychick

    cluckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    What about dog kennel panels? I got like 15 off of craigslist a couple weeks ago. I've been buying them when the price is right.
     
  7. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    Quote:They work for a while (provided they're not really short). But goats climb/stand on fencing and will break it down in short order.
     
  8. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    We built a wooden fence with three rails across about 5 feet high. It looks like typical horse fencing, but we surrounded that with tough wire fencing that had little rectangle holes in it. That kept two HUGE nubian wethers in for close to ten years. The only time they ever escaped was if we left the gate open.

    I don't like the idea of barbed wire, even for cattle (at least on a small scale). I've seen way too many disasters, from bulls jumping over the barbed wire and ripping open their gut, to horses with huge scars from having barbed wire wrapped around their legs. Just doesn't seem like a good combination.
     
  9. Preservation Acres

    Preservation Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That sounds good. Did you line the inside of the wood fence with the wire fencing?
     
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