The Ultimate Guide to Using Electric Goat Fencing

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 20 April 2018

Miniature goat keepers, from large herd keepers to backyard goat enthusiasts, are seeing the benefits of using an electric fence to keep their goats secure. Portable electric goat fencing is a smart addition to any miniature goat keeper’s essential items. Not only can an electric fence provide flexible and easy to set up goat containment areas, it can also protect other parts of your backyard, garden or property from pests such as possums, wallabies and curious chickens from pecking at your veggie patch.

miniature goat in electric fencing

What can electric goat fencing be used for?

  • Keep your bucks separate from the herd during pregnancy and kidding
  • Protect new trees, planting plots and vegetable gardens from curious goats, possums, chickens, feral pigs, feral deer, rabbits and wallabies.
  • Moving your herd from one paddock to another with temporary containment paths.
  • Contain ill or injured herd members to give them time to heal.
  • Protect your indoor and outdoor feed supplies or bedding stocks.
  • Subdivide your paddocks for effective grazing and plot regeneration.
  • Put your goats to work on troublesome plots on your property clearing invasive weeds like lantana.  

Is an electric fence kit easy to set up?

Setting up an electric goat fencing kit is super easy thanks to its modularity. No need for an electrician, everything you need is in the kit, including a length of goat fencing with sturdy poles attached, an earth stake, high quality solar energiser and even a repair kit for life’s little hiccups. The solar energiser allows you to set up your electric fence anywhere on your property without having to run mains power, extension leads or lugging around heavy lead storage batteries.

Start off by roughly mapping out where you want to position the gate. You can make any arrangement you like so that it suits your yard or paddock! Make sure the grass at the base is kept trim to ensure your fencing doesn’t short out, the bottom line of the netting is not wired, so you have some space to work with.

child with pet goat

Is an electric goat fence safe for my family and other pets?

As with goats and garden pests – a shock from an electric goat fence should deter your pet dog or cat from trying to get through. For humans, a shock from the fencing is more of a surprise than painful. Make sure your human kids are aware of what the fencing does so they know that touching it would be unpleasant. If you have an overly curious toddler, dog or cat make sure you restrict their access to your electric goat fence, whether electrified or not, as they could become tangled in the netting.

Power up your goat protection with our portable electric fence here or browse our other goat related articles here and here.