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Old 02-02-2011, 02:33 PM   #1
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Right now we have a chainlink fence with electric fencing as a permanent fencing area and this year I would like to make a second fencing area to rotate them on to give the grass a break.What would be the best to use to easily build and move around? I thought about cattle panels.Anyone use this? We have 5 goats now but will increase to atleast 10 by April. How big should I make it?



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I do think that the easiest for rotational and portable would be cattle panels and t- posts..... it's also the cheapest.



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Since you have electric already you can try electric netting.

I'm getting goat panels and going to use them for my browse area and going to rotate.

My plan is to use 4 of the 16 foot panels and make a square for 5-7 goats and kids - it will be tight fit but I will be rotating around and not leaving them in the area long.

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I have the goat panels as my "permanent" pens. I also have 4 strands of electric fence connected to the panel pen as pasture. The galvanized aluminum wire was the most expensive but very easy to install on the fiberglass posts. I also have an insulated "underground" fencewire to connect the fencer to the 4 strands without electrifying the panel pens.

It was actually more of a pain in the butt to clear the area for the electric fenceline than what it was to install it.

With the panels, theres no need to clear a fenceline, just drag them to where you want them, put a few t- posts in the ground for support , I use dog swivel snaps to connect the corners of the panels..cheap , easily removed and they work very well.
Panels are 16 feet long as Stacey said, 4 square is enough eating for mini goats for a day or 2, If you go with 6 or 8 panels, theres plenty room for 4-5 standard size goats to be able to eat as well as avoid the areas they poop on.

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Awesome! Sounds like a plan! I have panels already just got to get more tposts.Shouldn't cost much and will help keep weeds down around the yard Thanks for the help.Wasn't sure if the idea would work but now I'm confident to try it out My husband thinks I'm crazy half the time cus I go the extra mile for my goats to make them happy.What can I say they are my favorite and wouldn't be wihout them

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I just got my panels today I can't wait to try this option out come spring and summer! Hope it works for you too

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It is very quick and very easy...though, if you are dragging them yourself, don't do more than 2 at a time...it hurts!
Also, the dog swivels work extremely well to connect the panels together, they have just enough play in them to allow you to be able to shift connected panels around without having to disconnect.

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Very helpful idea.I'll look for them at Lowe's.My boys can do the heavy lifting for me I'm so looking forward to spring.We got a ton of snow here and I'm getting anxious for the sun to melt it away.

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It is very quick and very easy...though, if you are dragging them yourself, don't do more than 2 at a time...it hurts!
Also, the dog swivels work extremely well to connect the panels together, they have just enough play in them to allow you to be able to shift connected panels around without having to disconnect.
Do you have a picture of the dog swivels or a link to one online? I am not familiar with what you are talking about (at least nothing comes to mind). Thanks
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These are what I use to connect panels. The one in the 1st pic is similar to a "quick link" and a bit more expensive than the dog swivel snap, very durable though. The dog swivel in the 2nd pic is almost too small to connect the panels easily, but they were cheaper at 80cents each and did the job, they come in various sizes and are easy to use. I would reccomend 4 to connect each panel...1 on top and bottom and 2 in between because it makes for a sturdier "connection".



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