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Rotational Grazing w/ Chickens, Goats, Horses, Sheep

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BarredCometLaced, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. BarredCometLaced

    BarredCometLaced Songster

    Jul 10, 2011
    Northern NH
    I want to have a rotational grazing plan where sheep follow chickens and goats, who are followed by horses. This would mean that I would need to have a fence that would be suitable for sheep, goats, and horses. I am trying to stay away from electric... but for predator protection I was thinking one strand on top of the fence and one near the ground. Would a horse fence such as http://www.redbrand.com/Products/HorseFence/Non-Climb.aspx be suitable for all three of these types of animals? If not, what would you recommend?

  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Actually it's the chickens that follow the others and spread their droppings. I think that sheep and goats can pasture together as they eat different plants, not sure about horses. I would recommend you do some searching and ALOT of reading on the animals you intend to fence and their grazing/browsing abilities. From what I've read, goats are the hardest to fence/contain but there are a lot of variables depending on the land you have.

    Try homesteading livestock forum lots of great info there. And here backyard herds forum
  3. nok13

    nok13 Songster

    Dec 8, 2012
    goats and sheep go together; sheep eat with heads down, goats are foragers and eat with heads up and also stand on hind legs to get to branches; not sure about horses as they are susceptable to so many things but we had donkeys misex with our sheep/goats, and chickens... and the idea is always to go forward (never to go and graze where animals have already trampled and shat upon the forage/pasture as that re infects them with worms etc... plus goats are really picky about clean food (food that has been trampled they often willnot eat anyhow.)

    but we are in the mediterreanean so the forage/pasture land is different... camels would be the only animal (and alpacas maybe) that i would put behind sheep/goats etc...

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