Stephen Gibberd wrote:Hello,
I have land, which I've left for regrow for 5 years. The previous grass pasture is now full of tea trees, small eucalypts, some lantana, wattles and other woody shrubs. I hope to use boer goats to reduce fire risks instead of burning off. What would be the maximum number of adult boer goats that I could keep in a mobile 50x50m electric fence area for a week with such feed? There are 10+ 50x50m areas I can rotate them to each week.
Katy Whitby-last wrote:It depends if you are intending to keep them or just use them for clearing the 10 areas and then slaughtering. 50m by 50m is pretty small and too many animals in such a small area will be stressed as they won't be able to get away from the ones that bully them. Personally I wouldn't keep more than 2 or 3 in such a small area.
Katy Whitby-last wrote:I didn't mistake feet for metres. Goats are very different from sheep. If it was sheep I would agree a higher stocking density would be appropriate but not for goats.
Stephen Gibberd wrote:Thanks for your answers. I'm not sure about the effectiveness about the electric fencing - having the goats escape could be disastrous. I'll try to put up a stronger high perimeter fence first.