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sophie_aj

  • Joined Sep 2012
Goats for land clearing
« on: April 18, 2021, 08:06:54 pm »
Hello all,

We have 8 acres or soon to have and a large proportion is overgrown as scrub/brambles.

Wed like some goats to manage the land and wondered if anyone might share their experience of doing this?

Thanks

macgro7

  • Joined Feb 2016
  • Leicester
Re: Goats for land clearing
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2021, 11:50:06 pm »
Brambles are goats favourite food - depends what you want to do with the land though.
Do you want to make it look like a lawn? Or do you actually plan to keep goats or sheep or other livestock in long term?
If you just want to relatively quickly clear the land you would need a loooooot of goats and later flail all of the land anyway.
Brambles will keep growing back for at least several years of continuous browsing.
Personally I would clear some of it, and regularly mow the footpaths etc and let goats slowly eat into the rest.
Growing loads of fruits and vegetables! Raising dairy goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits on 1/2 acre in the middle of the city of Leicester, using permaculture methods.

Scarlet.Dragon

  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Goats for land clearing
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2021, 09:36:21 am »
What's your long term goal for the land?  Start there and work back from that.  Goats are browsers not grazers so they thrive on overgrown land - brambles, dock, willow herb, trees etc.  However, they:
- are also picky eaters (you need to ensure there's nothing poisonous in the field such as ragwort etc;
- need shelter 24/7 as, unlike sheep, they're not waterproof;
- need hay 24/7 to keep their rumen functioning properly (if they're not free to roam over vast landscape to seek out their own browse); and
- are great escape artists so you need decent fencing.

Longer term, what do you plan to do with the goats? - are they a temporary solution (in which case you may want to look at getting meat goats to do the clearance with a defined end plan for them) or do you plan to keep them long term, in which case what purpose are you thinking - milk, fibre, meat, pet etc?
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