Katherine’s Caprine Corner May/June 2020

Katherine’s Caprine Corner May/June 2020
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 4 minutes Q: What should I look for when I open a new field to my goats?  A: What a wise question that many people forget to ask. When I open a new field, I walk the perimeter to reinspect the fencing. Sometimes wire edges poke out or gates aren’t locked, or something has tried to dig in, or a tree or branch may have damaged fencing. Then I crisscross the field looking for holes that may catch legs, for bee/hornet nests or holes (or God forbid a snake den), and for anything else that may damage a goat, like that 80-year-old deteriorating car. I also watch for evidence of predators like scat, hair, or scratching, and I watch for vegetation that could be toxic. Some parts of the country also have sinking sand or very sticky/grabby mud bogs. It’s best to fence those areas

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