Ryegrass

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by Goober, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. Goober

    Goober New Member

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    Aug 21, 2009
    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).
     
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    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 :shrug:
     

  3. SDK

    SDK New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Yucaipa ca
    my goats and rabbits eat it regularly during the summer... they LOVE IT!
     
  4. citylights

    citylights New Member

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    Jul 3, 2009
    Southern California
    Rye grass is fine; it's the fescue that carries an endophyte which can cause issues during pregnancy in several species....
     
  5. Goober

    Goober New Member

    189
    Aug 21, 2009
    Good, then I can continue as planned. Thanks.
     
  6. Mully

    Mully New Member

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    Jun 23, 2009
    Mt Ulla , NC
    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.