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laurelrus

  • Joined Apr 2014
  • Quainton,Buckinghamshire
  • Hobby farmer
Is Ash okay for goats?
« on: June 16, 2017, 10:11:55 am »
Just a quick question - a neighbour is cutting back Ash trees and has offered us branches for the pygmy goats - is this okay for them to eat?
Thank you!
2 pygmy goats, 3 Ouessant sheep, 4 chickens, 2 donkeys and 3 dogs

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Is Ash okay for goats?
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2017, 02:59:33 pm »
yes in moderation. Might make them a bit loose... I wouldn't give lots without other branches as well...

macgro7

  • Joined Feb 2016
Re: Is Ash okay for goats?
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2017, 08:39:03 pm »
My ones prefer it over brambles and sycamore. They have variety of different planta though
Growing loads of fruits and vegetables! Raising dairy goats, chickens, ducks, geese rabbits and a little boy on 1/2 acre in the middle of the city of Leicester, using permaculture methods.

Scarlet.Dragon

  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Is Ash okay for goats?
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2017, 10:05:30 pm »
Thought sycamore was a no-no?
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Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Is Ash okay for goats?
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2017, 10:24:51 pm »
Thought sycamore was a no-no?

Why? Mine have sycamore branches in their (almost) daily bundles...

Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
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Re: Is Ash okay for goats?
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2017, 10:33:12 pm »
The best thing to do with sycamore is to feed it to goats.

macgro7

  • Joined Feb 2016
Re: Is Ash okay for goats?
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2017, 09:59:24 am »
Thought sycamore was a no-no?
Maybe for horses as it's high in tanins. Goats love it
Growing loads of fruits and vegetables! Raising dairy goats, chickens, ducks, geese rabbits and a little boy on 1/2 acre in the middle of the city of Leicester, using permaculture methods.

Scarlet.Dragon

  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Is Ash okay for goats?
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2017, 09:09:37 pm »
Great to know!  That means I no longer have to worry about fencing off the paddocks closest to the sycamores if I'm putting goats in there!  Thanks!!!
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Dogwalker

  • Joined Nov 2011
Re: Is Ash okay for goats?
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2017, 06:04:21 am »
I found the milk amount reduced for a few days when they had a lot of sycamore.

Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
    • Facebook
Re: Is Ash okay for goats?
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2017, 11:09:17 pm »
I've never given much in one go so I didn't know that. I always took secateurs with me when out dog walking so that I could 'cut back over hanging trees'. There was always the risk that someone seven feet tall would walk into one otherwise. The goats had a good selection that way and the trees didn't lose too much.

Buttermilk

  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Is Ash okay for goats?
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2017, 06:47:06 am »
Too much elder dramatically reduces milk production too but again in moderation is beneficial.

penninehillbilly

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: Is Ash okay for goats?
« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2017, 12:31:56 am »
Just check it's Ash and not mountain ash.
Ash is good for milk production as long as you don't give too much.

 

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