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Old 02-14-2012, 12:21 AM   #1
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[attachment=0:10kykygk]june 12 016.JPG[/attachment:10kykygk][attachment=1:10kykygk]goats may 062.JPG[/attachment:10kykygk][attachment=2:10kykygk]meadow life 016 water trace.jpg[/attachment:10kykygk]I'm thinking about seeding in my 1 acre pasture. I cant really get it plowed...problems with access. I though that i could rotatill some "stripes" in it...early spring and in the fall and plant some yummy goat food.
What do you think about flax and buckwheat? I noticed it at the feed store.
There is always winter rye. What else?
The pasture is wet in areas for part of the Spring and this year... in Fall. This Spring probably wont be to bad...we dont have any snow...so no snow-melt.
Right now we have a mix of grasses [including cord grass] goldenrod, asters, a little fleabane...too much buttercup[goats dont touch it]. queen anne's lace, yarrow, black-eyed susan, a little red clover, sensitive fern, Joe -Pye weed a little bit of comfrey that I planted. Willow tree sprouts and a few clumps of multiflora rose around the big willow tree. The goats enjoy picking through and browsing...just wondering what I could do to enhance it.



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Old 02-14-2012, 12:39 AM   #2
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Talk about goat paradise!!! I cant wait for Spring and green for the goats. I have been wondering what seed additions can be overspread without sowing necessary.


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If it were mine I'd just plow up and reseed the bits that have buttercup... The rest seems like it'd be nice for the goats to have the variety...
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Parts of one of my pastures has milkweed. I want to get rid of it but pulling it up is near impossible the root system is incredibly strong. Maybe plowing those areas and reseedng would be good.

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I am planting Sainfoin, Birds foot trefoil and Cicer Milkvetch as well as Chicory in a mix. I will plant 3 acres of purple top turnips next month to give me something to graze till June 1

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Logan, I was thinking about using weed killer on our Milk weed this spring and then maybe in the fall also to get rid of it so none of the goats get sick and die from it. I have been wondering what we should plant for them to eat.

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on my list are sunflower, red clover, jerusalem artichoke, comfrey, carrots, turnips, rye, oat, birdsfoot trefoil, legumes, oat and mangel beets.

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Good idea to plow up the spots that have the most buttercup...and seed over.
another idea....no till...put down cardboard to smother existing plants...dump on a load of barn cleanings....let it rots/compost...kill plants...then til and plant. It worked for creating my veggie garden!

Yes...i thought of using round-up on parts of the field - we have spot that has some very deadly water hemlock - I think that I got it all out last summer - yanked it by the roots and sprayed some roundup - and kept goats out for several weeks. This year i was going to fence the area and let it come up enough to spray.. so it can take up the herbicide and kill the roots. The neighbors have some in their field..but they are not too cooperative about getting rid of it. I've offered to take care of it for them...just to keep it from spreading.

now..what to plant??

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Logan, delicious list you've got!!

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Willow I love the idea of the cardboard and covering the stuff we want to kill off. I have some hay bales I don't like and can use them to hold the cardboard down.

Thanks! It is a list I have collected of planting for goats.



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