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What do Goats Eat?

What do Goats Eat

What do Goats Eat?

Goats are small mammals related to cows and deer. They are ruminants, meaning they have several stomachs and are able to digest things most humans or similar herbivores couldn’t. Goats are usually kept as domesticated livestock for their meat and milk and are either allowed to graze naturally or are fed a specialized diet. Free-ranging goats like to browse on scrub and bushes. They nibble at twigs and leaves and will even strip the bark off of trees! Some of their favorite plants include milkweed, mulberries, kudzu, blackberries, poison ivy, sunflowers, honeysuckle and raspberries. Because they don’t like grass and love many invasive weeds, some farmers make a living renting out their goats as weed control.

Goats that do not have access to a lot of pasture are usually fed a mixture of grass hay and oats. They may also be given supplements to make sure they are getting all the nutrition they need.

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