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Fred Morgan
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Okay, I just got some goats for brush clearing (never pay for something that an animal will do for free) and we enjoy the milk / cheese. Well, being slightly nuts, I came up with an idea that should work really well. We grow Acacia Mangium, among other trees, but Acacia is great where nothing else seems to thrive, and then you can plant between it for a more valuable wood. Acacia though is very good wood. Anyway, the seeds of the Acacia won't sprout without treatment, which is boiling water, taking it off heat, then dump the seeds in it and let sit 24 hours.

But I noticed when I had sheep that if the sheep ate around the acacia, the seeds would sprout (then then the sheep would eat the seedlings). So, daily, while milking we mix some Acacia seeds in with the little bit of feed we give them so that they will behave while milking. Then we gather up their "pellets". Instant seed balls.

Once I have a decent sack, I have an area ready to plant in Acacia. I'll let you know how it works.
 
dave johnson
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"But I noticed when I had sheep that if the sheep ate around the acacia, the seeds would sprout (then then the sheep would eat the seedlings). So, daily, while milking we mix some Acacia seeds in with the little bit of feed we give them so that they will behave while milking. Then we gather up their "pellets". Instant seed balls.

Once I have a decent sack, I have an area ready to plant in Acacia. I'll let you know how it works."

Any luck with this treatment? comparison to warm water soak or scarification tactics?

 
Fred Morgan
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It didn't seem to work - the seeds never germinated. I suspect that the goat's digestive system destroys the seeds - they eat more woody stuff than sheep.

 
Dawn Hoff
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Maybe they sprouted because the sheep stomped them into the ground while peeing on them?
 
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