Sunday, June 24, 2012

My Kind Of Fence

Electrified woven wire fencing. Fiberglass fence posts attached to the weave and the whole shabang weighs about 60 lbs. This is my kind of fence, folks. ;)

I had always wanted to try this kind of fencing out, but never had the money to do so. Then, a few weeks ago I saw an ad on Craigslist for 150' of fencing and the seller was open to trades.

Thirty minutes later, the ad was taken down and I was the soon-to-be new owner of some electrified woven wire. The seller even threw in a dozen extra fiberglass fence posts for no extra charge. The total cost? One Thanksgiving turkey for him and his family. I love bartering.

I finally got the fencing yesterday (it wasn't exactly in my neighborhood) and put a little bit of the fencing up today just to get a feel for it, and to keep the goats out of the pasture that the broilers are in. It's not on, or even hooked up to the charger but already I like it. The goats are respecting the boundary really well (wasn't sure how Heidi would do...), and I grinned as I watched Poppet futilely try to squeeze through the tiny weave. Payback time, Dwarf. LOL. I'll be setting this up around the perimeter of our un-fenced pasture soon which will give me double the grazing space that I've had for the last 4-5 years. I'm looking forward to doing some serious rotational grazing with the goats/cows!! 

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Does anyone else use this kind of fencing? What do you like and/or not like about it?

8 comments:

Taralyn Rose said...

What don't I like about my electric fence? Probably opening and closeing the 'gate' and keeping the grass real short. I don't think you would need to worry too much about keeping the grass short, because I use mine to keep chickens in and coons and such out. Otherwise? I LOVE it!!
I have the 'double spike', makes it easier when the ground is hard.
Tasha

Taralyn Rose said...

Oh! I just posted as my sister. Her blog was open. oops.

Sarah Mc said...

fencing is exciting! your cow is sooo sweet looking, breed???

domesteading said...

Hey I nominated you for an award :) http://domesteading.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/sunshine-award/

Goat Song said...

Why thank you Domesteading!!! :D I am tickled pink about the award!!


Sarah, my little heifer is a Guernsey/Jersey cross! Ain't she a doll? ;)

Anonymous said...

I am very interested in this kind of fence too. Do you know who made the one you found on Craigs List? I have heard good things about Premier Fencing's movable electric fence. Keep us posted on how you like it.
Heather in PA

Nicole said...

I found it's great for keeping our Saanen/Alpine crosses in. My only complaint is that on ours I wish the fence poles were a little stiffer and had foot pegs to push into the ground since we've got some hard packed dirt around our yard.

Goat Song said...

Nicole, that's my only complaint too! I end up searching for a soft piece of ground to stick my poles into since they're rather flimsy and have no foot posts.