[NAFEX] Fruit Tree and goat care

Stephen Sadler Docshiva at Docshiva.org
Tue Jul 11 13:36:26 EDT 2006

I'll add that goats seem especially fond of trees.  They seem to like
leaning their front feet up on something and getting to eat.  They'll also
eat straw hats, btw.  I don't think this can really be trained out of them.
They are generally penned away from any plants you don't want them to eat.


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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Thomas Olenio
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Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Fruit Tree and goat care


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.)


On Tue, 11 Jul 2006 10:41:42 -0400, Richard Moyer <ramoyer at gmail.com>  

> 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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