The lamb and goat markets are booming. Powered by worldwide demographic trends these animals are highly in demand. While the are considered the most challenging class of livestock to raise, we can help you meet that challenge head on. Many people opt for cattle fencing when considering sheep. While this can get you most of the way there, high quality small ruminant fencing has its own nuances.
Robust Fence Options
High-tensile Woven Wire is often the first and best choice. There are many patterns, heights and grades of material to consider. It usually makes the most sense to go with a shorter woven wire produce versus a 48" tall cattle fence. The wire is typically held off the ground between 2-6 inches so the resulting fence is almost always taller than the wire height. Patterns tend to be smaller as well. 4x4" patterns are common but 6x12" patterns are very acceptable especially if there is a lot of fence to install. Electrified hot wires can be installed at nose height to discourage testing of the fence. This hot wire also serves as a great transmission line for powering temporary electric cross fencing.
When investing in small ruminant infrastructure it pays to hire a fencing contractor with small ruminant experience. We know what works and what works well. We have seen much low-carbon 4x4 goat wire installed. We do not recommend this wire for reasons explained on this website. The wire does not have to be tall but it must be robust.