Farming forum: cold hardy goat grazing?

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Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 7b)
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homeshow
Sep 17, 2012 12:11 PM CST
Austrian winter peas grow well here. Anything else I can plant along with them for goat munching? I'm all ears!
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Sep 18, 2012 9:26 AM CST

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The Yaupon shrub is plentiful for us in this part of the country and is evergreen and available all winter long, and the goats love it.

We sow winter grasses for our cattle, and I wonder how well goats would do on that. Things like wheat, annual rye, oats, etc.
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY (Zone 5a)
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Kathleen
Sep 18, 2012 11:50 AM CST
My best suggestion would be to contact your county Cooperative Extension agent - if you have one. They can tell you what works best in your area. Here, we have snow - not much grazing that.

Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 7b)
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homeshow
Sep 19, 2012 7:13 AM CST
Coop agent here is big beef only

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dave719
Oct 11, 2012 11:56 AM CST
Wheat, Rye ,Turnips,Radish will all work for goats Rye will grow longer in cold weather than wheat
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Oct 11, 2012 1:31 PM CST
Ranchers around here also plant oats for winter forage.

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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Feb 13, 2013 1:14 PM CST
There is a very productive and cold hardy (10 F) leafy green called 'Tyfon' of Holland Greens. Cross between stubble turnips & Chinese cabbage, Brassica rapa. 40 DTM, high yielding.

It was originally bred for forage and cover crop use, but the young leaves are tender enough for human salad. Very mild, no 'mustard oil' so even cows milk has no mustard taste. Cut-&-come-again every 35 day if cut 1" or more above soil level.

I don't know if it would be practical for goats.


Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Oct 19, 2014 4:13 PM CST
Every spring I grow wildflowers. Every Oct., I let the goats in to eat the flowerless plants, and grass. Usually lasts until Feb. I have stopped sowing anything poisonous.


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