Onion Creek Ranch, Lohn, Texas
Suzanne W. Gasparotto, Onion Creek Ranch, Lohn, TX
Lohn, Texas
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Collecting and confining goats into areas small enough to easily handle them is a recurring challenge for goat producers. At Onion Creek Ranch near Lohn, Texas, David Goll has designed and built just such a catch/working pen.

The pen is made of 4" x 4" panels constructed of six gauge metal that is four feet high. "T" posts and tie wire are used to hold the panels together. Construct it inside the pasture/pen just inside the main gate so that a truck and trailer can be backed up to the loading chute end of the catch pen. The pen pictured, as well as the drawing, can be made larger or smaller to suit specific needs. We find that this pen dimension works well for up to 30 goats of varying sizes. The scale in this drawing is one inch = three feet.

Put feed troughs on the ground inside the largest section and leave the six-foot gate in the 'open' position. Feed the goats inside this catch pen for several days before you plan to catch them, so that they are accustomed to going inside the pen. If you are planning on moving the goats, put them into the second section of the pen after you've de-wormed, vaccinated, trimmed hooves, etc. The third section narrows down to a chute to which a trailer can be backed for loading.

Don't delude yourself that you can successfully 'work' goats without catch pens. Work smarter, not harder, and take the necessary time to build the tools you need to make your job easier.

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