Goats favorite types or grasses/cold hardy grass?

Azureduckchickgoat

Power Conserver
Joined
Oct 15, 2020
Messages
14
Reaction score
24
Points
28
So in the spring I think WE ARE GETTING GOATS!!! I am working on a pasture/browsing area for the future goats. I know that goats prefer browsing to grazing so I want to make their "pasture" interesting! I'm gonna make a thread about my plans soon, but for now I just need help with grass stuff. I already planted some grass and now it's sprouting and it's SO cute!!! I'm actually really lucky because where I live (western Massachusetts) we got snow once and it melted immediately!! I want a mixture of all sorts of things so this is my plan so far, Kentucky blue grass, random grass mixes, clover, alfalfa grass, and whatever else you all recommend! Now the questions!!! What are goats favorite types of grass to munch on? What grasses grow well in Massachusetts? What are some drought resistant grasses? What are some really water absorbent types of grasses? ( I ask the last question because I went out to my "pasture" today to find a marsh, lol) thank you so much!!!
 

Mini Horses

Sustainability Master
Joined
Sep 2, 2015
Messages
4,122
Reaction score
4,639
Points
302
Location
coastal VA
Goats don't like wet! So remember that. They will graze but prefer browse. They bite and walk so plant weeds they like...dandelions are favs. Plant vetch. Honeysuckle they love but, it can take over fast! I plant top heavy turnips. Get what they plant for deer food plots. Will be on sale soon, bags of mixed seed. How much acreage and how many goats?
 

Azureduckchickgoat

Power Conserver
Joined
Oct 15, 2020
Messages
14
Reaction score
24
Points
28
Goats don't like wet! So remember that. They will graze but prefer browse. They bite and walk so plant weeds they like...dandelions are favs. Plant vetch. Honeysuckle they love but, it can take over fast! I plant top heavy turnips. Get what they plant for deer food plots. Will be on sale soon, bags of mixed seed. How much acreage and how many goats?
I know goats don't like getting wet! That's why I'm trying to absorb the water. I can definitely get them some dandelions! Um in all we have 2.4 acres, not a lot. They will probably have a quarter of an acre. We are gonna start with two or three Nigerian dwarfs.
 

flowerbug

Almost Self-Reliant
Joined
Oct 24, 2019
Messages
1,736
Reaction score
1,796
Points
187
Location
mid-Michigan, USoA
if you can set up paddocks in the area so you can do rotations that will help the grasses the most. you really want to avoid having them grazed back too hard. this will help improve your drainage too as the worms get more active. if your area is not near any sensitive areas of native forests and there is some clay you can add night crawlers as they can also really help drainage. :)
 

Azureduckchickgoat

Power Conserver
Joined
Oct 15, 2020
Messages
14
Reaction score
24
Points
28
if you can set up paddocks in the area so you can do rotations that will help the grasses the most. you really want to avoid having them grazed back too hard. this will help improve your drainage too as the worms get more active. if your area is not near any sensitive areas of native forests and there is some clay you can add night crawlers as they can also really help drainage. :)
No clay here! I don't think MA has clay soils!
 

tortoise

Wild Hare
Joined
Nov 9, 2009
Messages
4,593
Reaction score
3,170
Points
357
Location
USDA Zone 3b/4a
My Nigerians love sumac more than anything else. They have cleared it out of their pasture! It used to be a forest of sumac!

They also adore pine trees. They'll eat the needles off a Christmas tree in a day and even strip the bark off.

My goats (2 Nigerian wethers) have cleared their pasture so its just grass now. They get whatever branches we prune, weeds from the garden, Christmas trees. They are 7 years old now. When they die we will probably use the pasture for some of our sheep.
 

Latest posts

Top