The Goat Spot Forum banner
1 - 7 of 7 Posts

·
Registered
Kinder Goat Breeder
Joined
·
4,640 Posts
I wish my goats had a goat meadow! Make sure to include lots of different types of species. Goats do best with variety so, forbs, herbs, shrubs, grasses, and even trees should all be considered. Are you milking your goats? Some plants do contribute to off tasting milk and certain herbs like mint can decrease milk production.

Some plants that come to mind to add to your list:
Chicory
Serecia Lespedesa (awesome plant, might want to look into it)
Alfalfa
Sainfoin

Also if you are interested in a seed mix, this company does seed for goat pastures that is specialized for different areas of the US as well as custom mixes. They may be able to help you out with a base mix. Lawn Seeds, Grass Seeds, Best Pasture Seeds & More | Nature's Seed
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
22 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
I wish my goats had a goat meadow! Make sure to include lots of different types of species. Goats do best with variety so, forbs, herbs, shrubs, grasses, and even trees should all be considered. Are you milking your goats? Some plants do contribute to off tasting milk and certain herbs like mint can decrease milk production.

Some plants that come to mind to add to your list:
Chicory
Serecia Lespedesa (awesome plant, might want to look into it)
Alfalfa
Sainfoin

Also if you are interested in a seed mix, this company does seed for goat pastures that is specialized for different areas of the US as well as custom mixes. They may be able to help you out with a base mix. Lawn Seeds, Grass Seeds, Best Pasture Seeds & More | Nature's Seed
That is interesting about mint and milk production, I was not aware of that. We are milking so i will be sparing with the mint. I haven’t looked into the Serecia yet but definitely plan to as the little I have read so far is that it may have natural anthelminic properties. That is what i am hoping for my meadow! Thank you for all these nice tidbits!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
22 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Great idea! If by opening up your property you mean clearing away brush, why not fence those areas in and let the goats help with the task? Then you can go back in and selectively plant things you want, or just manage what you already have, if the goats do well on it.
Thank you! ☺ The goats are helping where they can but the land is predominantly older Balsam and White Cedar with vety limited understory growth due to light. So little by little we are opening up the canopy to allow shrubs and seedling trees to find their way in, things that the goats love to munch.
 
1 - 7 of 7 Posts
Top