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Started fencing in my goats
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markct    Posted 03-27-2003 at 19:54:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
well now that all this snow has melted i finnaly have been able to drag my goat barn over to its new location in the front field.the barn is only about 7x8 ft so my ford 8000 had no problem moving it. then i started digging the fencepost holes,the old fashioned way,with the clamshell style posthole digger by hand,went fine till i got down about 2ft and hit hardpan,i spent quite a while to put in my first post, i think i will stop on my way home from work and see if i can borrow my friends 3pt posthole auger,theres no way i am gona dig 35 of them holes by hand! if i cant borrow one i think i am gona find a car rearend outback and bend up some 2 inch pipe and build me one,i got a few augers that i got from the dump,they are both bent but i should be able to straigten them out ok. fencing sure isnt easy but im sure my goats will appreciate it when its done

markct    Posted 03-29-2003 at 20:06:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
well my fencing is all done now, i just gota put up my gate and i will be done. i borrowed a 3pt auger and that made it go fast,it slowed down for the hardpan but it drilled thru it. i will try to get some pictures when i get a chance

Renee    Posted 03-29-2003 at 10:10:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Market, I was dreading having to get some one to do my frnces. And I don't know if it was on here or Countryside forum that someone mentioned useing Wedge Loc steel post systems.

I checked it out, seems to be the way for me to go. I can get them at TSC.

Their web-site is---

That might be another way to go.


Cathy in Oregon    Posted 03-28-2003 at 11:15:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would go with the electric fence. You will most likely need it in the long run anyway!! Believe me I know.

I recently went 'round and 'round with two of my Saanan does ... expertly sneaking through the space between the field fence & barbed wire that makes up the goat barnyard fence. Then I rigged it all up with that plastic hay twine so that there are inchess of space between. It was a section where there is no hot wire. So I put hotwire there too! Ohhhhh what satisfaction it was to see the girls try to get through once again and give up...
(I win!! I win!!)

Good Lord    Posted 03-28-2003 at 09:31:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just a suggestion. If you're hitting hardpan, don't waste your time with the auger unless you can figure a way to add down-pressure. I had to dig 250 holes in a similiar situation at my place, and the auger just sat and spun. We ended up borrowing a second tractor to push the auger with the loader.
Good Luck!

Ana    Posted 03-28-2003 at 05:30:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
My sympathies to you on fencing. We fenced so much the last couple of years that I was dreaming about it. Of course, we're still not done, but my husband injured his shoulder using that pounder, so we are taking a break now. My advice would be to do a little at a time, don't over-do. And definitely get that auger!

E. Ray    Posted 03-28-2003 at 04:23:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I keep my goats behind a three strain elect. fence. I uses 3/8" iron post for line posts from TSC and five iron post with brackets (from TSC) for corner post and slid 2" PVC over them for insulation. I keep the grass from under the bottom wire with a riding mower (drive close enough to let the deck go under the wire). I used a 2 lb. hammer to drive line post and a slide hammer for iron post. Fenced in about 3 acres in one afternoon. Of course, if your goats have never seen a elect. fence, you have to introduce it to them............E. Ray

Tom A    Posted 03-28-2003 at 03:39:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]

One suggestion, just in case you don't get access to that auger. Get yourself a digging bar! My place is very hilly and has lots of rocks all over. Iron digging bar with clamshell posthole digger is how I put in all my main posts (corners and heavy line posts. I use a lot of t-posts, too).

The digging bar (about 6.5' long, I'd guess maybe 10 lbs or so) lets you break up and move rocks without a lot of effort...we even put in a small (11' x 23') fish pond with it.

good luck,

markct    Posted 03-28-2003 at 05:53:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
yea i got a few of them bars,they definatly help alot with breakin up the hardpan but im definatly gona track me down an auger,call me a young lazy one if ya want but im sure it would take me a long time to do them all by hand

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