After 5 years of homesteading and many mistakes- we’ve found the best livestock fencing! One of the first things we did on our homestead was also one of the biggest (and most costly) mistakes we’ve made. We got goats and we sorely underestimated our goat fencing. In today’s video we are going to show you what’s turned into our most expensive mistake ever and how after several years of upgrades and patches we are now doing what we should have done on day one. Installing Quality Livestock Fencing!
1:53 The Goats are Out Again
4:04 Delivery of Livestock Fencing
4:57 Setup Corral Fencing
6:10 Family removes old fencing
8:00 Gate Installation
9:24 Begin New Fence Install
15:51 Cutting Fence to Fit
18:51 Chainsaw Slope into Fence Posts
19:10 Installing a large gate for our partition fence
21:15 Installing Eye Bolts for Corral Fencing Partition
22:24 The Big Reveal!
23:21 Conclusion and Final Thoughts
26:10 Next Time on HomesteadHow
Five years ago we built our goats a goat house and a huge pen. We used large wooden posts for the fencing and we bought welded wire fencing which we stapled into the wood posts and we’ve had nothing but problems ever since. Being homesteaders who are also YouTubers, we have a ton of footage of our successes and this failure. If we scanned all of that footage we would hear one phrase over and over again, I’d say the words have been spoken on our homestead well over a thousand times… “The GOATS are OUT AGAIN!”
A farmer once said the best way to test your goat fencing to ensure it will secure your goats is to grab a 5 gallon bucket of water, fill it to the rim and splash the entire bucket through your goat fencing, if a single drop of water makes it through, your goats will surely escape!
Our first fence looked great but it was rife with issues. At 5 feet high it seemed tall enough, wrong. Minutes after locking them in our young goat simply jumped over the top of it. Thankfully as they fattened up they couldn’t do that anymore. After a while they started tearing up the welded wire fence with their horns. This and they also used the fencing to scratch their worst itches! The bottom of the fencing bowed out. And then they’d horn the bottom of it and escape out of the bottom.
A few years in we bought heavy duty chain link fencing. It was thicker gauge fencing that we thought would hold them in for sure.We were wrong, amazingly they’ve manage to tear this thick fencing up and get under it- they’ve even made holes right through it. We’ve run heavy stakes into the ground to prevent them from going under, we’ve patched the holes, we’ve run pressure treated boards along the bottom to hold them back, we’ve stapled, patched even stitched but the goats are still getting out and the fencing looks horrible.
We finally decided to upgrade to a proper option, but one that we should’ve done from day 1. Had we done this years ago when we first started, it would have saved us so much time, effort, voices, and MONEY!
After a lot of research we found a company http://www.qualitylivestockfence.com/. We were lucky enough to speak to the owner of the company Doug. His company is family owned and everything they make is made in the USA in his hometown of Nebraska. If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right and after working closely with this fencing while installing it and testing it for a few weeks- I can say for sure they do fences right!
We went with continuous fencing which comes in 20 foot lengths and connect together. The fencing is made from 14 guage which is much thicker VS most fences. For example the steel tube gates you can buy from your local farm supply store are usually 18 gauge. In our 5 years we’ve already gone through one of those gates which rusted through. The welds on these fences are impressive as well- each weld fully encircles the cross member. Their website says each weld is 2 or more inches around!
His fencing goes way above others we’ve researched or heard about. Seeing it in person you can really see the quality. I am confident these fences will far outlast the posts they are secured to.
Visit- http://www.qualitylivestockfence.com/ for more details on our fence.
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