[NAFEX] Fruit Tree and goat care

Nate nrhora at gmail.com
Tue Jul 11 11:31:00 EDT 2006


You can teach an old dog new tricks, so long as you don't have goats
influencing it. Then again, a dog should always have the gumption of
not letting a goat lead the way with it's horns.

On 7/11/06, Thomas Olenio <tolenio at sentex.net> wrote:
>
>
> Hello,
>
> Rule #1:  Fruit/veggies and livestock NEVER co-mingle
>
>                 (well if you live in a grass hut in
>                 Africa, maybe) [smile]
>
> Rule #2:  Goats will eat anything, anytime
>
>                 (That is why the old joke of goats eating
>                 tin cans hangs on and on.)
>
> Tom
>
> On Tue, 11 Jul 2006 10:41:42 -0400, Richard Moyer <ramoyer at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Advice requested:
> > We just bought 2 Nigerian Dwarf does, who are meeting our fresh milk
> > needs.
> >
> > One went from the milking stand this morning to eating some weeds and
> > hanging grapeleaves, which is what we like.
> >
> > When I looked up again, she had just pulled 2 big hunks of bark (4-5"
> > long)
> > from a 3" persimmon sapling, which we had recently topworked.  That tree
> > and
> > two others like it are on my to do list to protect today, with 2"x4"
> > fencing--somehow she knew!  (She, so far, had avoided debarking all other
> > saplings in their woodlot.)
> >
> > I put the goats in their fence, wrapped the persimmon trunk in parafilm
> > and
> > shaded it with cardboard.
> > Any other advice on care of this trunk?  1/3-1/2 of the bark is gone in 2
> > spots on the south side.
> >
> > Second question, for those with goat experience:
> > Do we assume that goats will strip bark, anytime, any season, on any
> > tree?
> > If there an age/size of fruit tree that is ever avoided when plenty of
> > other
> > browse and concentrate is around?  Or do I assume that any fruit tree,
> > any
> > size, may be debarked at anytime, thereby always fencing them out?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Richard Moyer
> > East TN
>
>
>
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