Location: Los Gatos, California Zone 10a (30°F to 35°F) Steep South Facing Slope, Rocky Soil, Ph 7.1
posted 1 week ago
I have 4 Spanish goat kids (2 does, 2 wethers) and a small pen, but still working on my proper paddock fencing. Neither the dog run nor the 'goat-on-a-rope' techniques have been working well. I was just wondering if anyone has successfully kept goats penned up for a while and brought the brush to them? Any thoughts on the amount or variety of brush needed would be appreciated.
I do it with sheep. They love it. Their sacrificial paddock is heavily shaded with cedar elm. Almost daily i cut branches and they happily eat the leaves. This lets light in so grass can grow. i strategically place them to create an area that the sheep can't get to, for the same reason, so the grass can grow without them eating it.
When a nearby tornado downed some trees i took what i could for them. I wish i could have utilized more. In my area they were dry in a few days.
We bring branches to our goats twice daily. Once in the morning and again in the early eve. It's a bit of work, and eventually we will chip the old goat forage/browse.
Since Cherry leaves are toxic once wilted to goats, we never allow the branches to sit in their pen too long. I think wilted maple leaves are toxic to horses. We are cautious.
Can't wait for their fence to be completed so they can roam and browse safely away from the garden
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