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Nettle Hay

 
                            
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Yeah!

Sounds like nettle hay (urtica species) is a great candidate for me to utilize as a winter food source for my goats. I'm not finding much information on it, but what I am finding is sounding really great. My goats won't touch it while it's growing, so I hadn't considered that they might like it if it was dried.

What I've found is:

protein level info in this article: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/forb/urtdio/all.html

I've also found a lot of references to it being used in the UK as dryed feed and that it improves milk output as well as coat appearance. As all of the articles I'm finding tend to say the same thing... don't know how much is true and how much has been just passed from one website to another.

So I'm still looking for other plant fodders, but this just went to the top of my list for trial.
 
Emerson White
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Seems like too valuable a resource to use as animal feed.
 
                            
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If I could figure out how to market it for more then what I pay for hay I'd be glad to do it. I have quite a bit, it loves my property. I've never used it in anyway, but I also don't consider it a problem. I enjoy the butterflies and critters it attracts a lot.

I'm just thrilled to find that it will work as hay when dried!
 
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