Can goats eat FRESH grass clippings?

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by yeshuaisiam, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. yeshuaisiam

    yeshuaisiam New Member

    Jan 24, 2012
    NO chemicals used. It's bermuda grass (I think bermuda hay is bermuda grass). They will be FRESH.

    Not the only thing the goats will eat.

    It's coming off pasture land with good clean non-fertilizer grass that has just been out in the open.

    It would be cut, bagged, and put into the goat feeder.

    I'm just wondering if it is moderately healthy enough for a goat to eat. I really can't see why not, but just wondering if anybody has experience with this.
  2. xymenah

    xymenah Member with a bahhh

    Jul 1, 2011
    Mount Olive, NC
    I know with horses if its not dry they will colic on it. Don't know if its the same for goats maybe someone else can step in with some better advice.

  3. nubians2

    nubians2 New Member

    My goats eat fresh grass clippings in limited quantities. When we mow the grass we will throw over grass from some of the bigger piles. They love it But... make sure that they have had hay first.
  4. Itchysmom

    Itchysmom New Member

    Apr 2, 2010
    I agree with the above...a little bit is fine as long as they do not gorge themselves. I would lay it out and dry it, i\like they doo hay. Lay it in rows, turn it once a day and bale it up when completely dry. Then you should have no problems feeding it.

    This is what I plan to do with the Brohme grass on my property for some winter feed. I will cut it in rows, let it dry and then store it.
  5. yeshuaisiam

    yeshuaisiam New Member

    Jan 24, 2012
    Just to bring this thread back up, and correct some of the responses after further research.

    Bermuda grass IS coastal hay.

    The correct name is Coastal Bermuda Grass.

    So far we have 10 week old does and have NEVER once given them hay. They look absolutely wonderful. Slick coats, great clear eyes, and modestly plump. Lots of energy and they play all the time. They just eat the fresh Bermuda grass and leafy greens around the pasture.

    We are cutting the grass in the pasture (no chemicals/fertilizers etc) and storing it/turning it to dry for the winter.
  6. potentialfarm

    potentialfarm New Member

    Apr 11, 2011
    First of all, I want to say that your username is very awesome, yeshuaisiam! :)
    I hadn't noticed your previous posts, but during the summer, everyone here is eating all they want of fresh green stuff & as you have discovered, it doesn't hurt them at all once their bellies are used to it...We put piles in their pen & they act like it's candy, while they have stuff all around them getting to the point that I'm thinking I should head in there w/the mower. Now you have me thinking that I should experiment with drying it properly & turning it into winter forage... Don't need special equipment for that, just a bit of manual labor & it'd be so much healthier than some of the hay bales I buy!
  7. KW Farms

    KW Farms Moderator

    Jun 21, 2008
    Wapato, WA
  8. J.O.Y. Farm

    J.O.Y. Farm ~Crazy Goat Lady~

    Jan 10, 2012
    New Hampshire
    That is very interesting Kylee! I have heard the same thing, not to feed it to horses as they will colic.... I heard also it was not good cause of something to do with the mower blade... don't know.... But thank you for that information!
  9. firelight27

    firelight27 Hopelessly Addicted

    Apr 24, 2009
    Southern Oregon
    I've actually been told by a couple of vets that when you cut the grass it drastically changes the sugars. This is why you don't feed it to horses or they can colic or founder. I'm sure very fresh, as in minutes after you cut it, its is still mostly the same as it was uncut but I will have to agree with Kylee....if you let it sit at all but its not fully dry, don't feed it. You are just asking for tummy troubles from bloat to scours to who knows what. I would personally thoroughly dry it so that the sugar danger is not an issue.
  10. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator

    Jul 20, 2008
    corning california
    I agree in moderation.... but goats are weird... they will sniff at it and pee on it... :doh:
  11. KW Farms

    KW Farms Moderator

    Jun 21, 2008
    Wapato, WA
    Yeah...mine don't like them either...they used it as bedding instead.
  12. pennyspasture

    pennyspasture New Member

    Dec 22, 2011
    Don't know if it is ttrue or not, but with horses there is a possibility they won't chew the short, cut grass well and this creates a choking hazzard.
  13. Goober

    Goober New Member

    Aug 21, 2009
    My understanding of the reason not to feed the clippings is that due to the cutting method, they mold very easily and quickly. That said, I HAVE fed VERY fresh clippings to my first horse. So, based on my understanding, very fresh cuttings or properly dried should be fine. But don't pull some from yesterday's mower bag pile. They will already be starting to mold/ferment.
  14. Lamancha Lady

    Lamancha Lady Lamancha Breeder

    Dec 12, 2011
    I feed my horse fresh cut grass too and he never got sick from it. I give some to my goats too but the prefer just to go get there own.
  15. MsCedarSwamp

    MsCedarSwamp New Member

    Jul 1, 2012
    I have given both fresh clippings. A lawnmower will make smaller pieces that "could" cause issues with the horses. The bush hog will also make smaller cuttings than what is generally used in hay making, but not so small that it is a major issue. In moderation it has been fine with my horses, I've only given it to them fresh or after drying for several days. I have read recently that during/shortly after baling it can emit noxious fumes, and it's best not to feed FRESHLY baled hay (maybe in a stalled situation with little ventilation??) I'll see if I can find that article again and post it.