Meet Ben Habig of Habig Livestock in Parker County, Texas. I connected with Ben through Instagram and love seeing him rotationally graze his goats in Texas. And, not to mention he only uses TWO STRANDS OF POLYWIRE with his herd of 250 goats. He also has a growing YouTube channel as well.
Name: Ben Habig
Farm: Habig Livestock
Location: Parker County, TX
What’s your market?
Our primary market is sale barns such as San Angelo, TX (Producer’s Livestock Auction) and Hamilton, TX (Hamilton Commission Company). We are lucky to be located near some of the largest sheep & goat sale barns in the country, which makes it a very viable option instead of private sales. We are open to selling direct to consumers and if anyone is interested, they can contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org.
How/why did you get into doing this work?
We did not start out thinking we would be in the goat market, but knew we wanted to run livestock. For our area, most lease ground was already leased to cattle producers, so we knew that was not an option. We started looking at the under-utilized forage and running goat numbers. After that we dove right in and secured a lease running in conjunction with a cow/calf producer.
Why do you like working with goats?
Honestly, the three main reasons are they are profitable, we like watching them graze, and they allow us to have guard dogs.
What’s one tip, trick, hack or favorite tool that you use with your goats?
What we find to be very valuable is training our goats to two-strands of electric fence. This does take a little time and discipline, but in the end saves us time and money building temporary paddocks to rotate the goats into. This also makes it more viable to run goats on other properties without extensive infrastructure costs.