That means that they prefer to eat woody shoots and stems of trees and shrubs (including your flowering plants) over grasses like hay. The goats will approach these plants, take a small sample, and then walk away, leaving the bark protected and intact. If you live in an area with cougars, get more than one livestock guardian dog to protect your goats. Manure is an obvious benefit to the forest floor. It has been select cut and the stumps removed to prepare it as a pasture. Trees are all neatly trimmed up to about 4ft, which looks so nice and clean. Logged woollyval. Joined: Jun 27, 2005. would wrapping chicken wire round the trunks a few times prevent the sheep from taking the bark off . At work, there's a forest, not a large area, but 4 PB pigs, 6-8 goats from small to medium size. A properly built fence stands for as long as it is needed, keeps goats where they belong, and provides protection from dogs and other predators. protecting young trees from goats Discussion in 'Goats' started by April Rain, May 3, 2006. Stack Exchange Network Stack Exchange network consists of 176 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow , the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers. Goats, sheep, and cattle all produce ready-to-use manure that provides nutrients to the pasture as well as the trees. More Information Thread starter #3 R. rmonge00 Exploring the pasture. Ravens peck an animal’s head and gouge out its eyes. It also reduces the likelihood of fires. We removed the stakes, cut the wire fencing into workable sizes, and just laid it on the ground in the areas we wanted to protect. May 3, 2006 #1 . Then I'll drive a tee-post in the ground and secure the cage to the post so my sheep (no goats anymore) can't to my trees. This is a really weird thing to me. Tips needed for protecting my plants from animals like cows and goats. April Rain Guest. Birds: Ravens and black vultures sometimes attack goats, especially when goats are down from sickness or trying to have their kids outside. We immediately put into action our “Protect Trees and Plants from Four-Legs Plan,” and very soon we knew we had a plan that worked. Install a fence between the goats and any heavily wooded areas. After pruning the trees and putting them in a tree shelter, the trees grew nicely since there was already a good root system in the ground. Those may work well. I am moving my bucks into a new 2 acre pasture. Fencing can also protect trees, shrubs and other sensitive areas from destruction by the goats. We had used livestock fencing attached to wood and metal stakes for fences. Whats the best way to protect the trunks of mature trees? Choose a wire mesh fence or an electric fence to keep your goats away from large areas that are filled with trees. Jun 1, 2011. Goats are browsers rather than grazers. Joined Feb 12, 2011 Messages 21 Reaction score 0 Beyond that, the clearing of brush allows the trees to flourish without competition. It has many young pine trees as well as some large pines. I am going to make stock panel cages to go around my pasture trees to protect them. If we hadn’t learned about protecting trees from deer with cages and shelters, we … In this regard goats are more closely related to deer than to other domestic livestock like sheep or cattle, which are both grazers. Messages: 89. They are out there all the time, trees from 2in thick up to mature trees. Benefits for the Land & Trees. The importance of good fences cannot be overstated. Some are now 25 feet tall or more. 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