Tj Jefferson wrote:Andrew,
What are you planning on longer term? We have a very high bramble/vine burden and suckering trees. Once they are knocked back they don't just stay back. This means we will probably have and maintain a mixed herd like Su is talking about. It is the best way of improving your soil. After the suckering trees are removed mobbing may be sufficient, but on a small acreage that seems unlikely. Sheep vs goats would best be determined by asking locally. Here the sheep will not strip sweetgums. Once those are eliminated they will eat everything else.
Fencing- the Premier One charger can be used for both. We have a 0.6J portable, and use it on the net for the chickens. We are probably going to upgrade to the 1.2J and use the 0.6J on the sheep/goats. You can upgrade the battery if you want to higher than 10Ah with an aftermarket battery. The little solar panel and trees can be a problem in your climate in the wet times. I would consider rotating larger SLA batteries, they should run the fence for a week and are not dependent on solar. You can still have a solar charger set up, it just wouldn't move with the animals. I'm wishing I had done that initially, the total cost of the charger, two 100Ah batteries and two cheaper energizers would be pretty close probably favoring the large battery system. Yes you have to move them but in the cloudy period, news flash, you will have to manually charge quite a bit. Battery can go on a milk crate with an inverted bucket for water control.
Longer term, we are likely to have a system that pulls off one of the higher wires of the perimeter on a jumper since those tend to have lower losses. This will energize much more than a little battery energizer.
s. ayalp wrote:I would go with goats.
The issue with sheep vs bramble (fun video) [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuzLXxbGc4c[/youtube] and [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMHpz6PS5Ek[/youtube]
Stewy Stuadenwalt wrote:Goats. Hands down . First hand experience