We're sure you've heard that goats are escape artists. Well, you heard right! They are escape artists. Our little Nigerian Dwarfs have escaped out of our pasture gates a couple of times. We now make certain they have padlocks and chains on them so they cannot goat-out of the pasture! (I know but goats are fun animals!)
We found out the hard way - cyclone fencing is not a good choice for goats. The goats rub against gates and fencing. the fence is not supported at the bottom and the fence gets pushed out and all wonkey. Here you can see what I'm speaking about.
Welded wire fencing can have welds break and the wires can break - then your goats safety can be at risk.
The best fencing is either goat panels that are quite costly at $60.00 per panel or what we purchased, the 12.5-Gauge Sheep and Goat Fence that offers a safe, flexible-style fencing for creating enclosures for sheep and goats.
The design bends during impact to reduce potential for injuries and the 4 in. x 4 in. mesh helps ensure that animals aren't able to have their heads caught and stuck in the fence for added safety.
This style fence is not welded so there is no worry that the welds would break and cause serious injuries to eyes or hooves.
We supported the fence to prevent the bowing effect with triple 1" x 6" boards.
Above: Cyclone Fence pushed out from goats rubbing on the fence\line.
The photograph to the left is the our new 3-board fence with the 12.5-gauge Goat & Sheep fencing we installed in the spring of 2019.
The boards prevent the goats from pushing out the fence at the bottom. You'll notice we installed a second board that helps strengthen the fence and is aesthetically pleasing.
We will be adding pastures as time and money allow.