Horsetail and Bracken Fern

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by SiriusK9s, Jul 28, 2020.

  1. SiriusK9s

    SiriusK9s New Member

    Jul 28, 2020
    Monroe, WA
    In the past, I haven't had an issue with my other goat herds. New goat herd and they are eating Bracken Fern and Horsetail. My Vet says it's toxic to them. I have over 4 acres of pasture/blackberries/browse, and 9 goats (2 adult Alpines, 2 Alpine kids, and 5 mini/cross). I'm in western WA state and it's hard to contain/eradicate...suggestions?
  2. We lost one romney lamb and pulled the other thru - polio. My vet said it was probably from braken fern.

  3. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    Braken fern can build up in the goats system and cause polio symptoms.

    Is it growing everywhere or could you fence it off until you can get it and the horsetail cleaned out?

    In the mean time maybe daily Thiamine to support their system?
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  4. goatblessings

    goatblessings Fair-Haven Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2015
    Southwest Ohio
    Neither are good for them. You may have to come up with an eradication plan and reseeed your pasture. Strictly limit access to your pasture at this point and try to dry lot.
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  5. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California