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Forages

Goats will readily eat a variety of forages. These include pasture, hay, haylage, and brush.

Any species of forage is acceptable for goats, although you will want to be careful of feeding a lot of alfalfa to wethers and billies because the higher calcium levels can lead to urinary calculi or kidney stones. Goats are very useful in many operations for cleaning up unwanted brushy areas. Most brushy areas will only be able to survive about 2 years with intensive defoliation. Forages are an important part of a ruminant's ration because the high fiber is necessary to keep the digestive system healthy.