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Old 09-21-2009, 10:40 PM   #1
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Is annual ryegrass OK for goats to eat? I am planning on putting the bottom of the back pasture in rye this winter, if it is okay for the goats. I had heard that perennial rye was bad, but we don't use it around here (North Florida).



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Old 09-22-2009, 12:47 AM   #2
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I dont know that Rye is bad - I planted it before after doing some research and from what I found it was only possibly a factor in some abortions early on in pregnancy. But since grass doesnt grow here till like May and my goats kid in May I never paid it much attention



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my goats and rabbits eat it regularly during the summer... they LOVE IT!

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Rye grass is fine; it's the fescue that carries an endophyte which can cause issues during pregnancy in several species....

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Old 09-22-2009, 01:25 PM   #5
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Good, then I can continue as planned. Thanks.

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Old 09-22-2009, 01:46 PM   #6
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Goats love rye but just keep in mind that rye has little protein so I would not feed as an every day feed for them.



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