Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Western Massachusetts
I suggest you read up a little on goats.
First, goats do not prefer grass, they are browsers, like deer. They prefer to eat shrubs, trees, vines, brambles, and many weeds that grazers do not. However the idea that "goats eat anything" is a complete and utter pile of hooey. They are the pickiest eaters of all the livestock I have ever kept. They also, in nature, eat a little of one thing and then a little of another thing and so forth. This is one reason why it is more difficult to poison goats than some other livestock.
I kept goats for about 10 years and hopefully will again. I eventually settled on feeding straight alfalfa free choice, and cut browse for them (pine, fir, and oak branches, prunings of most kinds of trees but not cherry). They were also foraged in the forest, and grudgingly, some grass pasture.
I've had them refuse grass hays that were not quite right according to them. They are very opinionated creatures.
Also, Nubians and Boers, both African-derived breeds, have large floppy ears, the better to disperse heat. Other breeds have smaller upright ears. Goats' ears don't flop unless they are a specific breed or cross of that breed. They don't 'lower' their ears like dogs.
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