david c wrote:
I've never kept goats, being a city boy, but wouldn't a tether work? I suppose it depends on how many goats you are talking about. Drive a sturdy stake into the ground near where you need the goat to do it's work, and tether him there with something he won't chew on.
One of these cork screw type Dog Tie-Out Stakes might do the trick. I have one for my dog that I use while camping, and it is near impossible to pull out.
I suppose the biggest issue would be shade, water and whatever else the goats need. I understand your desire for letting them roam and take care of themselves.