Goats are sufficiently nimble to use a fence stay as a ready-made highway over a fence. This can happen where the stay juts out from the fence.
The goats simply walk up the sloping surface of the stay, which brings them high enough to take a hop and jump onto the post and over.
If you are finding goats sampling the sumptuous goodies in your well-fenced covenant, this could be how they are getting in.
Fortunately, there’s a simple solution.
Run a wire from the base of the stay to near the top of the post. This will put any would-be climber off balance.
Photo below: This shows where to run the wire from the stay to the post.
Open SpaceTM Magazine No. 64, July 2005 © QEII National Trust