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sons8n    Posted 12-28-2002 at 17:00:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
trying to clean 3 1\2 acres of over grown under brush to establish a fence line using goats.looking for ideas on cheap and low labor fencing so we can see corner markers.any body been there and done that?thanks


DeadCarp - try rabbits?    Posted 12-29-2002 at 05:01:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
My cousins built a log place on the river, it was all overgrown and they started with mostly nuthin just hacking their way out. Well, a neighbor gave them a couple rabbits so they fashioned wire-mesh panels for an enclosure but the rabbits ate the brush bark & killed it, so they made another 3 sides for the pen and kept moving the rabbits around as needed. Didn't take long they had a regular supply of almost free rabbit meat and got their brush cleared too. Now 5 years later the 4 acres looks like a park & there's still a few bunnies bouncing around the trees. :)


screaminghollow    Posted 12-29-2002 at 02:25:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We use the same technique to clear out the old overgrown pastures here. Fist I cut a narrow path to run the fence around. For goats,we use five strands of electric, posts every twenty feet, and the top voltage parmak charger. I think it's 3800 volts. It stings like a bee when you accidentally touch it. It keeps most of the goats in. We still get two or three every year, who can walk right through it and it doesn't seem to bother them. Of course those are the first ones sold. Had one of them six volt solar chargers, it won't work on goats.


Ana    Posted 12-28-2002 at 19:15:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
We use cattle panels, come in 16 foot sections, strong enough to stand erect with only T-posts, easy to install, move as needed, but be forewarned, sometimes temporary fencing lasts a long time (around here anyway). Only draw-back is the price, kind of pricey, but shop around, plus they seem to last forever (whatever that is). Our goats get familiar with an area and don't really care to wander into unfamiliar areas, so we don't have much trouble with them trying to get out of a fenced area (except for the billy when there are "girls" on the other side).


buck    Posted 12-28-2002 at 17:39:29       [Reply]  [No Email]

When I was young one of my daily chores was to take care of the goat that we used to keep the fence rows clear. The goat had a collar and about 10' of chain so each day I would move him along one more post in the fence row. He kept about 1200' of fence real clean. Don't see why you couldn't use the same concept to clear the area for your fence


Okie    Posted 12-28-2002 at 19:24:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Goats work real good like that, but you got to make sure that they can't get the chain tangled and choke to death and they are a sitting duck for coyotes that way too.


Country Bob    Posted 12-28-2002 at 20:50:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey don't put cha up a fence, do what I did a year ago. Go to the pet store buy one of those collars and lay the wire on top of the ground, ya dont have to bury it. When my goat get close to the wire the neck collar gives her a little shock. Cheap fence, No weeds, most of all no manual labor and cheap!!! only takes 1 or two 9 volts a year.


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