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I have a big fir tree in one of my goat pens. Only one goat is interested in its bark. There are two small areas where she got down to the whit of the tree. The rest have been superficial bites off bark. I wrapped it up in several layers of chicken wires. Lately ive noticed lots of tree sap coming from the barest spots. Have my goats killed my tree? It does have fresh buds of needles coming in. But I heard it may take years to die? Ill post some pictures in bit. Thoughts? Help me keep my goat from killing my tree.

have you had goats kill any of your trees? advice?
 

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In order for a tree to stay alive, it needs a minimum of 10 to 20 percent of it's bark in a continuous run from the ground to the top. When goats take a particular liking to a tree's bark they can girdle it all the way around in one sitting. Once a belt of bare wood encircles the tree, there is no saving it. Some pines and firs can cause abortions in goats if eaten to excess.
 
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