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Hi Fellow Permies!

I recently moved to the Missouri Ozarks from Maine. I am looking for information about raising goats off the land. You know, like if everything goes south and buying hay and grain isn't an option. We strive to live as naturally and sustainably as possible on our permaculture homestead.
We are just starting out homesteading here in MO and want to grow/produce our own food to sustain our family, 2-3 dairy goats, and a dozen or so chickens. We don't have large grass pasture or hay fields to mow. We do have a lot of woods surrounding us though. Does anyone have any thoughts, suggestions, or helpful opinions? Thanks!
 
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Hi there!
Your woods sound like a good place to harvest tree hay.
Mulberry, honey locust ,  anything they will eat really,  cut while green,  dried and stored.
I have had some success saving dried Jerusalem Artichoke stalks for a winter time bunny treat.
 
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I don't have any pasture and my goats are thriving on scrub and trees. I have them free ranging over a large area, but I've also kept them in a small strawyard near the house, when I brought all their feed to them, and they were happy there as well.

Some plants are better than others, and some are toxic to goats, so it's good to get an idea of what is growing, and also an idea of any mineral deficiencies in the soil, and the pH of the soil, as this will affect what nutrients are available to the goats in their feed.
 
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Thanks William and Kate for the suggestions... never heard of "tree hay" before! Only issue may be drying and preserving due to the high humidity.... anyone tips or tricks for that? I definitely have been learning more about the plant life here... being used to New England has been a huge change!
 
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