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Number of Goats per Acre

 
Scott Ferguson
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Hi,

Is there a general rule of thumb as to the number of goats (Angora) you can run per acre. These are normal/typical grass paddocks as the farm used to be a dairy farm. I plain on managed rotational grazing.

I know "it depends" and I am looking for a very general ideal.


Any help would be appreciated.
 
Alder Burns
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If cows were kept on the land, and you know how many there were; a guideline I recall from one of John Seymour's books was that five goats could live on the same amount of pasture that would feed one cow.
 
Scott Ferguson
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Thank you!
 
Guarren cito
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I don't think goats eat grass, being browsers rather than grazers.
 
Scott Ferguson
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You are right goats are browsers and prefer longer grass than sheep/cows. They also eat a
"wider variety of vegetation so they are very good for weed control . The will eat thistles, ragwort and other weeds that sheep and cattle do not eat. This does not mean that they can live on rubbish. Angoras need good nutrition in order to grow mohair. The better quality the food, the more mohair they grow."
 
S Bengi
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6 goats/sheep per cow.
Maybe 10 per cow for dwarf goats/sheeps

With year round growing in the tropic a cow could survive on less than 1/2.
Maybe 1 acre on improved southern FL soil.
Easily 30 acres per cow in Texas. So it depends.
 
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