So, one and a half years, three angoras on a 50 x 50 ft area, I grow and cut hay off pasture for them, all hand harvest hand dried and baled. We also stopped mowing in there, this is a camp that has been mowed like a lawn (super short) for 60 yrs.
Oh and base soil is Canfield silt loam...
Chadwick Holmes wrote:, one and a half years, three angoras on a 50 x 50 ft area, I grow and cut hay off pasture for them, all hand harvest hand dried and baled. We also stopped mowing in there,
I wonder how the plant cover is doing in that 50 x 50 area. Have they trampled it to nothing, or are there plants and a flourishing soil food web beneath?
I have just finished my second year of goat grazing/browsing. I am trying pasture development, and moving the goats around. I did hav eto leave them in an enclosure for too long this fall. I am waiting to see if next spring the alfalfa comes back. I hope so.
In 2013 I had Peter Donovan of the soil carbon coalition come test my soil, a base line test. I hope he is coming this way in 2016, because I am very excited about getting the increased soil organic carbon documented.
Goats are climbers by nature, so if you provide enough big stones and logs so that there are two more places than goats they will play on that and not trample your pasture. Use their natural tendencies to your advantage!