Cool Season Forages for Sustainable Goat Production

On-Farm Research Highlights

Created with SARE support
2013

Pasture-based goat production is becoming popular among small-scale livestock producers in Alabama. However, most Alabama goat producers do not have productive pastures, especially during the cool-season portion of the year. Not much information is available on the suitable forages for developing cool-season pasture for goats. This guide presents the productivity and quality of the selected cool-season forages, and goats’ preference for those forages. Savings in feeding costs of goats after the development of cool-season pastures is also discussed.

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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.