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Bring the brush to the goats instead of the goats to the brush?

 
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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.

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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.
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I tried to feed my 5 sheep that way and it was exhausting.  I could not cut and carry enough brush daily to keep them adequately fed.
 
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Ludie, don't tell me you haven't installed a monorail yet??? 😱🤭

 
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I have never done it with goats, but I have with sheep. Just because on what you feed them. here in maine we have Black Cherry and their leaves can wilt and produce cyanide.

 
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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

That monorail is totally rad!!
 
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