We get questions all of the time about what is the best type of grass to plant in
a pasture for goats. First we really don't know that much about all the different
choices and secondly, it can vary according to where a breeder lives and there are
different forages for different times of the year. I have done some collecting of
information about Grasses and we are documenting what we found for other people to
consider what is best for their farm. The information is basically divided into two
categories and then two sub-categories. The main categories are
warm season Grasses
cool season Grasses
The sub-categories are
Annual (needs to be planted each year)
Perennial (does not need to be planted each year).
I found a lot of information on the Internet from reports by Universities and other
groups. However, all of this info I am reporting is basically coming from one excellent
resource. It is the "Meat Goat Production Hand Book" that comes from Langston University
in Oklahoma. Click on the book title to go to a page with info on how to get your
own copy of the book.
I am dividing the different forages into two different pages. Click on the links
below to go to the different pages. Also below the links is a graph from the Meat
Goat Production Hand Book listing the different forages and when they are producing
forage for you. As you can see, you need to consider both warm and cool season forages
in order to get the most coverage throughout the year.