Keeping your goats safe is not always easy! Electric fencing can help, even with the more adventurous goats.
What you need:
– A good, fairly strong energiser. We recommend our Trapper AN12.
– A power source for your energiser. This can be mains, a 12 v leisure battery, or a solar panel with your battery (a solar panel charges your battery, so you don’t need to keep charging it up; our 12v solar energiser is inexpensive and very popular).
– Posts. Wooden posts (with insulators) are best. Steel posts (with insulators) are also good. Plastic posts can work, but you’ll want to have some stronger wooden or steel posts at strategic points. The height of your posts should depend on how high your goats can jump or climb, and how adventurous they are. 3ft or 4ft are the usual post height options.
– Ring insulators for your posts.
– 3 Reel Livestock System. This has 3 parts: steel mounting posts, posts and 3 livestock reels.
– Heavy duty electric fencing
First you need to mount your 3 reel system firmly into the ground. You attach your twine to the reels. You then need to place a strong wooden (or steel) post close to your 3 reel system. Place 3 insulators on this post at the goats’ knee, chest and nose height. Thread your twine through the insulators so you now have 3 strings of twine running at the correct levels for your goats.
Now run the twine through your posts. If you are using plastic posts, it is best if you have a strong wooden or steel post every 3 to 5 meters.
Make sure your energiser is plugged into your power source of choice, and attached to the fencing. Then check that there is no vegetation (grass, branches etc) touching your fence. Anything that touches your fence will ground some of the energy and weaken your electric fence zap.
It is important to:
– Monitor and check your fence is working. If you are using a battery, you will need to charge it every few weeks. If you are using a solar panel to charge your battery, remember to check your battery in the dark winter months because it will likely need an extra charge at this time of year. Use a fence tester to see how well your fence is working.
– Monitor vegetation. Remember, anything that touches your electric fence will weaken it.
Beware: some goats with horns may get their horns caught on the twine and then get quite a good zap. Don’t be alarmed. It looks worse than it is, and the fencing is there to keep them safe.
We hope this helps you keep your goats where you want them! If you’d like more information on the products we recommend, please see below, check our website or give us a call!
Electric fencing specilaist: www.farmcareuk.com
Trapper AN12 link: http://www.farmcareuk.com/products/an12/trapper-an12-dual-power-energiser
Heavy Duty Twine link: http://www.farmcareuk.com/products/136/heavy-duty-twine
3 Reel Livestock System: http://www.farmcareuk.com/products/reelsys2/livestock-three-reel-system
Plastic posts: http://www.farmcareuk.com/products/53/3ft-standard-white-posts
Steel ‘pig tail’ posts: http://www.farmcareuk.com/products/320/steel-pig-tail-post
Insulators for wooden posts: http://www.farmcareuk.com/products/89/ring-insulators
Insulators for steel posts: http://www.farmcareuk.com/products/321/pig-tail-post-insulators
12v Solar panel: http://www.farmcareuk.com/products/147/12v-solar-panel-10w
12v Leisure battery: http://www.farmcareuk.com/products/12v-battery/12v-leisure-battery
Warning sign: http://www.farmcareuk.com/products/69/warning-sign
Fence tester: http://www.farmcareuk.com/products/72/multi-level-fence-tester