Seeding for Goat Pasture
Last winter we bought two dwarf Nigerian goats. Soon they will be big enough to transition permanently into our back acre and I want to seed it now. Can you please recommend a variety of seeds, legumes, and fast growing plants/shrubs that are not harmful to goats and would provide food throughout different seasons? Also, if you know any place we can get those seeds locally?
Thank you so much for your time and assistance!
Denton County Texas
A goats diet consists predominately of browse and forbs which are woody plants and weeds. grasses are grazed but make up much less of their diet than the others. i would look into a fast pasture mix with a combination of grasses, forbs and flowers. legumes are more a cool season annual around here and are not necessary for the diet of a goat, so dont worry about legumes. you can call dennis feed store in Denton and see what mixes he can get you locally or there are others that you can order from, Native American Seed, Bamert Seed and Turner Seed.
this is an example of what varieties you would be looking for in a mix
Pink Evening Primrose
Purple Prairie Clover
Texas Yellow Star
i also have two great goat publications on my website that you should have. go to the link http://denton.agrilife.org/agriculture-natural-resources/publications/ and look for the goat section. hope this helps. contact me if you need anything else.