Post and Rail fence and lambs

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8 years 10 months ago #35896 by wendy2011
Hi, we are moving to a lifestyle block soon. We have got 3-rail fence there, but it seems to be not enough for enclosing a few lambs. We also want to have a dog on the block.

I wonder if I move the exiting rails a bit closer and add another rail along all the fence, will that be good enough?

what kind of gap is ok for lambs? We don't want them to wander to somewhere else.

Many thanks. :-)

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8 years 10 months ago #469429 by kindajojo
you can put a couple of wires between the ground and the first rail and electrify one depending on what you want to keep in.

Lambs wont stray too much from mum but I would be worried if it was on a main road boundary fence as they could run into cars or kind people stop to round them up and they run into cars or they just go missing

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8 years 10 months ago #469430 by igor
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Use netting. Good luck with your sheep.

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8 years 10 months ago #469443 by Del
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Hi, and welcome! Where are you located?

As for your fence, I'd put a wire (or two depending on the gap) between the ground and bottom rail. Easy enough to do with wire, staples and inline strainers. Gap dependent, might need one between rail 1 and two.

This means you can keep the aesthetically pleasing post and rail but also keep the lambs safely in. Enjoy your block :)

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8 years 10 months ago #469454 by max2
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Hi, I have a 4 rail & post fence in my house paddock, and marcus the lamb can still get out by pushing the gate at the bottom, enough to create a gap. I believe he learnt this from following the dogs. [}:)]

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8 years 10 months ago #469464 by Stu_R
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I would go with a wire or 2 depending on gap .. its the easiest and cheapest way to solve prob :)
as in general ( no doubt someone will say i am wrong ) once sheep get bigger they don't fit between the normal post n rail fence gaps :)
So i think just a wire or 2 between bottom rail and ground

5 retired Greyhounds ( Bridgette , Lilly, GoGo,Sam and now Lenny) 15 friendly sheep all of whom are named and come when you call them :) , 2 goats, Mollie and Eee Bee :
Olive trees , .. old bugger doing the best he can with no money or land :)

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8 years 10 months ago #469562 by RLD Landscapes
Sheep are ground pushers, so make sure they cant get under the fence. Sheep netting is best and it just needs some waratahs or battens to hold it down. What type of sheep are they, believe it or not, some are dumber and pushier than others!
Also remember that dogs are smarter than sheep so they can and trained to stay put.

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8 years 9 months ago #469661 by igor
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Perendales generally do not understand the concept of a fence. They will push through where other breeds of sheep will not even try. That is why they do so well on rough country.
You are legally obliged to control your dog at all times. Training it to stay home is no substitute for containment. If it wanders into someone else's flock you may never see it again.

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