I was just wondering what is the ideal animal to rotationally graze with horses when the pastures aren't on rest. I know that some animals will eat what horses left over, and others will just trash it all. I will just put a list of animals that I was thinking about and hopefully you all can give some feed back from direct or second-hand experience. Note that if we do ever get more grazing animals we will have a buttload more pasture.
I would be interested in the following.
- Cows (Either dairy with a very rich milk good for making many products, or beef steers. My family farm was a fully-functional dairy farm up untill 2008 we milked 200 cows.)
- Alpacas (I have experience with them; they would be used as fiber animals and possibly cart trained with light loads.)
- Llamas (Also experience, cart animal and fiber.)
- Sheep (Fiber, we have herding dogs that I would train to work them, adorablefluffsheepflufffluff.)
- Donkies (? Driving animals probably, maybe just little hobby drives, packing)
They all have to serve a purpose. Also, no goats. My family has had bad experiences with goats, and convincing them to get more is out of the question. I live in Wisconsin, and the only thing that isn't real popular in my area is Donkies, otherwise I could drive a mile in any direction and find hundereds of cows, and at least 30 alpacas/llamas. I am straying away from cows because more than likely the will be beef animals. Quoting my father, "We won't own any cow if we can't eat it." If I took it to the fair and trained it I would probably get attached. Although I have always wanted to break a cow to ride, but that is a different story.~