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Anyone let their livestock graze their bamboo over the winter? We have some, not as much as we'd like.
I was wondering if the donkey or horse would tear it up and set us back on our goal of being over run by bamboo.
The most plentyful is varigated, followed by black bamboo.
 
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My grandpa cuts his bamboo/ canepoles specifically to feed to his donkey.
But the donkey will only eat the leaves.
 
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My goal is to have enough bamboo to let the livestock graze it.
 
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Its probably best to first be overrun by bamboo, then have the animals attack it. but in the meantime you could give them any thinnings or culls you have.
I once had a goal like Cj, though last winter took out my bamboo, oh well, room for other things now.
 
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I like this idea. Curious to see what my goats will think of it. I planted edible bamboo last year so will have to let it establish first.
 
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Lance Kleckner wrote:I once had a goal like Cj, though last winter took out my bamboo, oh well, room for other things now.


What kind did you grow? I'm trying 3 varieties.
 
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we grow bamboo along the cow fence. once the bamboo gets tall enough i just grab it and fold it over the fence. the cow likes the leaves most but eventually she will eat the stalks too.

im not sure what kind of bamboo it is though, some desert version.
we pulled it out of a friends house who was being overrun by it....
 
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