Seeding for Goat Pasture

Asked March 22, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

Good Morning,
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

1 Response

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

American Basketflower
Annual Winecup
Big Bluestem
Black-eyed Susan
Buffalograss
Butterflyweed
Cane Bluestem
Clasping Coneflower
Croton
Cutleaf Daisy
Eastern Gamagrass
Foxglove
Gayfeather
Illinois Bundleflower
Indian Blanket
Indiangrass
Lemon Mint
Little Bluestem
Maximilian Sunflower
Partridge Pea
Pink Evening Primrose
Pitcher Sage
Prairie Agalinis
Plains Coreopsis
Purple Prairie Clover
Purpletop
Prairie Verbena
Prairie Wildrye
Rattlesnake Master
Showy Milkweed
Sideoats Grama
Spiderwort
Standing Cypress
Switchgrass
Tall Goldenrod
Texas Cupgrass
Texas Yellow Star
White Tridens
Winecup
Common Milkweed
Swamp Milkweed

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.