The goats did such a bangup job of chewing away the miniature jungle in their pen, we decided it was time to let them attack some of our overgrown side fields. We’d planned to use cattle panels for temporary fencing, but based on some feedback from readers, we decided an electrified fence would be a better (though considerably more expensive) option. If nothing else, we can use it to expand the chicken yards once the goats are gone.
The fencing is light and flexible. The only problem with stringing 200 feet of the stuff around part of a field is that we live in Tennessee – whose theme song is Rocky Top for good reason. To anchor the fence posts, you stomp a two-pronged stake into the ground. I don’t think a single prong went into the ground on one attempt. We’d try one spot, hit a rock, try another spot, hit a rock, finally hit paydirt. So let’s just say the corral looks like it was installed by someone who prefers angles over straight lines.
The electricity is provided by a solar-powered unit that sends a 4,000-volt pulse through the fence about every second or so – frequently enough to keep the goats in and predators out.
The fun part (for me, because I was standing there taking pictures) was watching Chareva and Sara chase the goats around their pen to catch them and put on harnesses. Man, those goats can move when they’re motivated. But they got the job done, and Sara walked them (well, dragged them) into the new corral.
Both goats tried nuzzling the fence a few times, and both jerked back with a WTF?!! expression — if goats have expressions. Anyway, they learned quickly that getting too close to the fence is a bad idea. So now they’re out there chewing up the weeds and, I presume, fertilizing the ground.