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Getting started on my goat farm #6981525
09/03/20 06:44 AM
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Northern Maine
Bruce T Offline OP
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Bought 9 rolls of fencing and 400 steel fence posts.Got build the barn this coming spring then get some boer meat goats.
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Re: Getting started on my goat farm [Re: Bruce T] #6981568
09/03/20 07:45 AM
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you must have found a pot of gold , smile

Re: Getting started on my goat farm [Re: Bruce T] #6981570
09/03/20 07:53 AM
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Houdini had nothing on a goat for escaping from anything , no I've not raised goats but I've worked enough overnight shifts at the county fair to of seen a few things .

My advice is build the fences almost as if you were trapping wild hogs yes they are fence climbing little buggers and they'll find a weakness in the fence in short order .

But maybe they're similar to buffalo in if they have a large enough pasture they're happy and not escaping or destroying anything you'll find out with your automatic stock waterer if there's one in their pasture and how well they can open thing's with a tip of a horn ha ha
Allan


Re: Getting started on my goat farm [Re: Bruce T] #6981576
09/03/20 08:02 AM
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Tug Hill, NY
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Bruce, believe the above responses!!! As I was reading your post I was thinking just what these guys have written.

To add one item not already expressed, let me say "your fence is NOT high enough." Notice I do not know how high you are going to build your fence, but it really doesn't matter because it is not high enough!!


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Re: Getting started on my goat farm [Re: Bruce T] #6981586
09/03/20 08:13 AM
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My wife wants goats too. I told her she already had one smile How expensive was that fencing wire ? I have a couple of acres to fence but that stuff is ghastly expensive up here.


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Re: Getting started on my goat farm [Re: Bruce T] #6981590
09/03/20 08:15 AM
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My Brother & Sister in laws 15 yrs. Goat farm got wiped out by some disease that hit local goat farm err a bad.


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Re: Getting started on my goat farm [Re: Bruce T] #6981594
09/03/20 08:18 AM
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Northern Maine
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Have friends and my younger brother who also raise goats.Biggest thing is having the corner fence braces on the outside of the wire so the goats can't run up them.


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Re: Getting started on my goat farm [Re: Bruce T] #6981597
09/03/20 08:21 AM
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You have to pick the right goats. I raised fainting goats for 12 years. They never wanted out. Primitive breed. Health made me give them up or I would still have them.

Re: Getting started on my goat farm [Re: Bruce T] #6981619
09/03/20 09:01 AM
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I think most of these horror stories are from people that heard it from someone else. I have goats and have always been around goats. The fence doesnt have to be super high or thing like that. Yes they can get out an if they are a bit wild they may never come back. My fence is about 30 years old an i have been repairing it this summer. My goats have just been staying in my pen because they like it here, they could have jumped the fence and left long ago. The trick is to have enough room for them and feed them a little everyday just so they get used to you being around. Shortly they will be like mine an stand at the fence in the morning screaming at me until i go toss em a handful of feed.


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Re: Getting started on my goat farm [Re: Trapper Dahlgren] #6981672
09/03/20 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Trapper Dahlgren
you must have found a pot of gold , smile


Or a State Grant


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Re: Getting started on my goat farm [Re: Bruce T] #6981676
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My son said ...if he were to get a goat...it would be this breed.


It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
Re: Getting started on my goat farm [Re: Bruce T] #6981678
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Awesome, they are fun, make sure you have a good fence lol


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Re: Getting started on my goat farm [Re: Bruce T] #6981691
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I have two and they are alot of fun but I never even tried to fence them in. The mare and the donkeys understand fencing but I always knew the goats would go where they wanted to. Fortunately they are inseperable from the other animals. Can't pet them, which makes hoof trimming a rodeo event, but they love to eat from your hand.

Pete

Re: Getting started on my goat farm [Re: Bruce T] #6981697
09/03/20 10:41 AM
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Keep em wormed once a month trust me! We lost six to worms. Get a GOOD electric fence.


Trapping is what built North America, why take that away?


pro second amendment-- pro God-- pro Trump-- Pro America!
Re: Getting started on my goat farm [Re: Bruce T] #6981698
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We have dairy goats nubian and alpine and some mix for new pine?

We use premier one electro stop plus net goat fence. It holds up very well and my goats dont get out. We move the fence around once a month to new areas. That gives the ground a break allows the brush to recover and reduces parasites loads. Moving the fence takes me a few hours, with moving the charger driving the ground rod and moving the chicken coop I built on a 16' car trailer that not bad. My egg chickens stay in the goat pen the electric reduces chicken predations from all but raptor's .

My fence charger. Is a speed wright 2 joule wit a 20 watt solar panel and charge controller. Its very nice.

Re: Getting started on my goat farm [Re: Bruce T] #6981770
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Goats are easy to keep up. Up being the key word, lol.

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Re: Getting started on my goat farm [Re: Nessmuck] #6981785
09/03/20 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Nessmuck
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My son said ...if he were to get a goat...it would be this breed.


That thing looks 75% brahma bull and 25% goat...

Re: Getting started on my goat farm [Re: Bruce T] #6981809
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Neighbor got a few fainting goats a couple of years ago to help with weeds around the farm. Ended up losing all her flowers and shrubs along with her apple trees. They never really did much to knock down the weeds since they had so much other stuff to eat. She got rid of them by the end of summer.


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Re: Getting started on my goat farm [Re: Bruce T] #6981836
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How far apart are the stays (vertical strands )on that woven wire 4" or 6" stays make the woven wire the best goat trap ever devised for horned goats that stick their heads through the wire to graze . 12" stays alow the goats to get their nose turned back and they can remove their own head from the fence . You will never have to remove a goat from 4"x12" woven wire . They will get caught daily in 6"x6" wire some goat hourly some never learn

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Re: Getting started on my goat farm [Re: Bruce T] #6981861
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Im no goat expert , but keeping them up was the worst of my worries , after losing several thousands of dollars and ten years in the boar goats to worms and sickness. i felt it was enough . if you need extra papers for yours i have a clip board full. some of the best genes. sorry but all the goats for them are in the ground. By far the hardest livestock to care for i ever experienced.

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