Are Goats Browsers or Grazers?
Goats are different from other types of livestock. Goats are browsers while cattle are grazers.
Goats naturally love to eat and clear up weeds and brush before they eat grass. This makes a huge difference in saving time and money when it comes to running things around our homestead.
The goats clear up brush that we would have needed to – saving us precious time. Something that there never seems to be enough of! Am I right?
The newest venture on our homestead is utilizing our goats for brush clean up.
Every year, a lot of ranchers use chemicals to clear up brush and weeds on their land. Goats make a green alternative. No harsh chemicals that could leach into streams, rivers, or other water sources and it prevents the cattle or other animals coming into contact with. This also saves money for the rancher and helps their bottom line.
We love this electric fence from Premier 1! It’s easy to use and we can move our goats and chickens around the yard without a ton of extra work. Highly recommend incorporating it into your homestead.
Goat Browsers VS Cow Grazers
Another advantage of goats is that, unlike farm equipment, they control brush and weeds without disturbing the existing grass and soil. Which would leave more grass for the cattle.
Goats and cattle have different diets and preferences. Cattle graze on mostly grass, whereas goats prefer to browse and eat weeds, brush, tree bark, etc. The goats can be rotated in to eliminate most of the undesirable vegetation that the cows have left behind.
Goats can clear up land in the hard to reach areas. Such as, small pens, marshy areas, behind the barn, fenced off corners, sides of hills, etc. They can also be used to treat invasive species of plants, such as, leafy spurge, cedar trees, poison ivy and oak, hemp, and sumac.
These are just a few of the benefits that we have discovered while using our goats as browsers. And while they won’t give us a perfect manicured lawn, they have reduced mowing time for us over the summer!