We're also trying to decide whether to fence the goats on an open pasture that is well guarded by our free-roaming dogs and close to our house, or on an overgrown ridge a bit further from the house that has plentiful browse but is more difficult to protect from predators and more difficult for us to access. Which would the goats prefer--closer to us, more protected grass pasture -or- plentiful browse but less secure and probably less human interaction?
By the way, thanks for all of your insights on this forum...I've learned a ton.
If it is really impossible to adequately protect the goats from predators in an area, I wouldn't use it, because NDs are certainly make a tasty meal for any meat-eating animal.
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