How much fence do I need to keep Alpine goats in?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Yetti, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. Yetti

    Yetti Chillin' With My Peeps

    I currently have 8 acres fenced and its split into 4 pastures. One is about 3.5 acres and gets very over grown.
    My neighbor has 12 Alpines that she has on about 1 acre. its been ate to the ground and I was thinking of asking her to let them stay in in the back pasture.
    Its only 47"-11-6 fence without any hot wires. is that enough to keep them in?
    on a side note the neighbor uses stock panels and no hot wire.
     
  2. littlepatchofheaven

    littlepatchofheaven Out Of The Brooder

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    Not sure what you mean by 11 6 fencing, is it like field fencing that has 6 inch holes or so? if thats the case then that should be enough to keep them in just fine!
     
  3. Bear Foot Farm

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    I'd still add some hot wires to keep them from rubbing on it or climbing it
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

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    47"-11-6

    Not sure what you mean by 11 6 fencing

    I suspect the numbers are out of order

    It's usually Height/ size of openings/ gauge of wires

    I think they meant 47/6/11, which would mean it's 47 inches tall with 6 inch squares and 11 Ga wire​
     
  5. littlepatchofheaven

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    oh ok, thanks! then yes i do believe that this fencing would keep the goats in just fine!
     
  6. Yetti

    Yetti Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for the correction on the wire size.
    also thanks for everyone's opinion. I was just concerned the little buggers would get loose.
     
  7. Bear Foot Farm

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    Thanks for the correction on the wire size.

    Not everyone uses the exact same order in their system, but you can usually figure out which numbers are which

    Here are some examples with slightly different numbers:

    http://www.stockyardsupply.com/page2/index.htm
     
  8. gingit

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    I have 8 goats which rotate. We use a soft, electric fence (mostly to keep them safe). The secret is to keep them together and well fed, and they will not go anywhere else. We got our fence at the Tractor Suppy store.
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  9. Yetti

    Yetti Chillin' With My Peeps

    My wife was talking like we should get a couple of the smaller goats, but I have concerns about Coyotes out here. they run in spurts. we won't see any for months then a small group will come through and hang around a few days at a time. how well suited are the alpines for dealing with them?
     
  10. Bear Foot Farm

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    how well suited are the alpines for dealing with them?

    No goats can "deal" with most predators.

    A good electric fence can help, or guardian dogs.

    Even a good "yard dog" can help​
     

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