Sheep and Goats–they seem to be so compatible, yet have very different primary needs when it comes to their safety and security. For the most part, sheep are a docile, quiet species. They prefer to keep their heads to the ground and stay together when grazing, a trait inherited by centuries of breeding. It’s in their nature to stay close to one another for protection. However, if they sense danger, their instinct is to flee. And they’ll take the whole flock with them. If they happen to head toward the edge of their enclosure, it’s likely the fence will endure significant impact. They tend to flock together when threatened because they don’t possess the ability to fight back when attacked. Predators are a serious threat to sheep. In one recent year, almost a quarter of a million sheep were lost to predators in the US alone. On the other end of the spectrum are spunky, inquisitive and mischievous goats. While their risk of predators is similar, their behavior creates the biggest challenge for their keepers. They forage on everything within reach – and beyond. They’ll stand on their hind legs to nibble on leaves, shrubs and anything else they can access. They are persistent and will continue to challenge an enclosure until they make their way through a weakened opening. They’ll poke holes, chew, climb or push over anything in their way. If their heads can make it through a hole in the fence, their bodies are sure to follow. While goats tend to herd in the face of danger, they typically prefer wide-open space. Tight quarters and crowding will lead to undue stress.