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What’s the best pasture variety for goats? | Live Q&A Replay

All things raising, grazing, and marketing meat goats.

July 20, 2022: Q&A Topics:

  • Best Pasture for Goats
  • Best hay for goats

Watch the Live Q&A Replay here

Q. What is the best pastures for goats?

A. My approach has been a few things:

  • Goats dietary preference: 20% forages (grasses/legumes, 20% weeds, 60% browse, Source: Pastures for Profit: A Guide to Rotational Grazing (Undersander, D. et al., 2002).
  • Focus on what works within our local environment and climate
  • Plant species native to prairies in our area
  • Potential antiparasitic properties
  • Pasture diversity
  • Observation of goat’s behavior – legumes over grasses

Pasture variety:

  • Clovers: white, red, sweet
  • Alfalfa
  • Chicory
  • Plantain
  • Birdsfoot trefoil
  • Tall fescue
  • Meadow fescue
  • Italian ryegrass
  • Perennial ryegrass
  • Alaskan brome
  • Meadow brome
  • Timothy
  • Festulolium
  • Orchard grass

Sourcing our pasture mix

  • Purchased pasture mixes for grazing
  • Also added in other species we wanted more of in particular, such as alfalfa, clovers, birdsfoot trefoil, chicory, plantain
  • Native species comes in on their own since we interseed and no till

Q. What’s the best hay for goats?

A. Our hay we’ve focused more on alfalfa with grass, 70/30 mix, knowing that clover will fill in. The higher quality the better, more legumes over grasses. It’s a false thought that goats will eat anything. They still have nutritional requirements, which tend to be higher if they’re not in maintenance mode, including lactating, pregnant or even young stock who are growing.

More in-depth grazing goats workshop

Thursday, Aug. 4 I’ll be doing a live workshop – Raising Goats with Rotational Grazing, 7-8:30 p.m. via zoom.

  • 1 hour presentation, 30 minutes Q&A
  • I’ll cover grazing topics in more depth related to meat goats: considerations to getting started, fencing and supplies, grazing principles, and health and management considerations
  • If you can’t make it the replay will be available.
  • More information at: https://cylonrollingacres.thrivecart.com/rotational-grazing-workshop/

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About the Live Q&A Series

The Live Q&A Series is Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m. CST on my @cylonrollingacres Instagram account. After each Q&A I’ll post the replay on my blog, along with any links or resources I mention in the replay. Sign up for my Raising Goats Community email list and you’ll be sent an email to the replay link and notes on the blog. Sign up here to get on the list: https://www.grazingwithleslie.com/list

When I started raising goats, I quickly discovered there’s a lack of information and research focused on meat goats from a production standpoint and goat meat itself. Since then I’ve learned a lot “on the job,” along with finding the little university research and best practices out there.

Over the last 10 years I’ve been sharing our journey raising meat goats and grazing them through blogging, social media, and speaking at workshops and conferences. Aside from being transparent with my customers and community, I share a lot of this information so others raising goats don’t have to start at zero.

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