We’ve decided to bring goats into the mix of our livestock. So far we have pigs, chickens, dogs, cats and soon to be goats. Why goats? There’s not a super simple answer to this question but lots of going back and forth on what animal would best fit our needs on the homestead. Much of our 50 acres is pasture and we learned quickly the last couple years it’s extremely time consuming maintaining pastures and keeping obnoxious weeds at bay.
I think most people assume we are getting cows or have cows and maybe one day we’ll consider it but I wanted something smaller and more easily managed. Sheep was also a thought and very well could be added in later but I wasn’t sure on the market for lamb. Goats have the whole package…smaller animal, growing meat industry and great at eating weeds. And we have a lot of weeds and overgrown areas we could use some animal power for.
The downfall to goats, they can be great escape artists! Therefore we have spent several weeks devoted to building proper fence for goats that will also work for various other livestock. Infrastructure is a huge part of homesteading and it pays to have things done right the first time prior to bringing animals on the farm.
The previous owners had cattle with barbed wire fencing which is not suitable for goats not to mention the fence line was in complete disrepair. Electric fence is the most recommended fencing when it comes to goats, not only does it keep the goats in but predators out. We have cleared trees, cut down brush, dug holes for wood posts, straightened existing t-posts, installed new t-posts and ran high tensile wire. Once again maybe one day we’ll have some extra cash to buy the equipment to do this but till then here I am holding my post hole digger digging one of many 36″ holes! I’m so proud of our hard work and hope it does the job of keeping our goats in and safe!