Dan Grubbs wrote:A friend of mine keeps goats and chickens in a large movable pen. This pen has a winch powered by a 12v battery connected to a solar panel. The winch is set on a cheap timer to turn on every so often and pull in the cable which is staked out far away from the pen. The net effect is the pen is automatically moved to new grass on a timer and my friend doesn't have to touch it except to move the stake and pull out the winch cable to restart the whole process again. This keeps the goats on fresh grass without having all the labor of moving the large pen. He's been running this for nearly two years now. He has the timing dialed down after a short trial-and-error period. Daily fresh milk and eggs from animals that are grazing on new grass all day. Pretty sweet set up, actually.
James Landreth wrote:The pictures are great. Wes, does Salatin go into more detail about this? Was this mentioned in one of his books?
James Landreth wrote:Hi Taylor,
I don't really have much experience with electric fencing. How would I go about figuring out what to get? Would calling that Premier 1 work? It's something to think about. I'd prefer to develop a system that I can be more self-sufficient on maintaining and fixing, but maybe electric netting is something I should consider
wayne fajkus wrote:Look at what i saw today
wayne fajkus wrote:I just looked at the pen. I'm guessing 20ft x 20ft. The babies like to run and buck. Its too cute. That space is adequate for that. The adults do run, but mainly to get away from something. I think 2-3 sheep in that pen with fresh grass would be happy.
What about a ram? What about breeding? Any plans for that? One of the things people dont think about is birthing. Like i have 2 female cows and 1 bull. I go full circle(birth to slaughter). The 3 become 5, then 7 before 2 goes to slaughter bringing it back to 5. Cycle keeps repeating. People plan for the 3, not the 7. Thats when things get out of hand.