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Goat tethering

Hi all,
I have a question about goat tethering is it illegal? We have our goat tethered for now as he is working his way through a big rough area of land that is not fenced yet. He has his shelter, plenty of fresh water, goat nuts and all the hedging he can eat. His tether is re set everyday to ensure he doesnít get tangled and he wears a soft nylon dog collar with padding to ensure he doesnít get rub burn on his neck.
However someone has complained to the department of agriculture about him being tethered. As a result they sent their vet to check him and he was more than satisfied that he is in good health and is well cared for but he advised that we move to fencing him. Iíll be honest tethering was never our long term plan and had always planned on fencing him in but Iíd like to know where we stand from a legal point of view now with regards tethering. Iíd also be so nervous about keeping him in fencing without a tether cause Iím sure many of you know goats make great escape artists.

AoifEoin
Friday, July 10th, 2020

Goat seems happy, vet seems happy, I don't see a problem, you already said this is short term. We had goats in a large orchard, fenced in with only chicken fence. Never escaped. I think as long as there is enough food, water and distraction the goat should be fine. Rough shrubs and tree branches with leaves seem to keep them happy and busy ( so does a clothes line and anything not meant for goats)

Torsten Schulz
Friday, July 10th, 2020

Once the goat and the vet are happy donít worry to much. Once he has enough rope to move about and heís happy then whatís the issue. We did it for a while too. We now have harris fencing that we move periodically and our goat seems fine. We had every sort of fencing but gots being goats, just jumped over it. She hasnít escaped from this

MissyFitzo
Wednesday, July 15th, 2020


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