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Sheep and Goats  

Heavyweight or extra-heavyweight woven-wire fences are excellent for nonhorned sheep and goats. Fence height should be at least 39 inches to prevent animals from climbing over the fence, and may need to be higher depending on the breed to be confined. Mesh wire fences also make excellent fences for non-horned sheep and goats. Temporary fencing is not recommended for sheep or goats, since they can easily escape.

Sheep and Goat Challenges

  • Goats and sheep are known for being able to find the weak portion of the fence, so be sure to construct the fence with care.
  • It is not recommended to use Barbed Wire, since barbs pull sheep fleece and it does not effectively confine goats if moderate grazing pressure is applied to the fenced-in area.
  • Be sure fence openings are tight because goats may be able to push their heads through an opening but not be able to retract it because their horns get stuck. This leaves them vulnerable to predators or other dangers.  Keep opening below 6 inches or larger than 10 inches.
  • Keep in mind one of the most common ways for a goat to escape is by going under the fence. 

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