Year-Round Forage Production Goat Handbook

Year-Round Forage Production Goat Handbook

Year-Round Forage Production Goat Handbook

TUSKEGEE, Alabama – A year-round forage production and grazing/browsing management handbook for goats, developed by Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension, is now available to professionals and producers interested in pasture-based goat production, but require technical information on establishing and maintaining sustainable year-round forage systems.

Sustainable Year-Round Forage Production and Grazing/Browsing Management for Goats in the Southern Region,” was developed as part of a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE)-funded Professional Development Program grant project (ES11-107) to train field-level Extension specialists, technical assistance personnel, and mentor goat farmers in year-round forage production and grazing management.

The handbook provides tools for developing cool-season pastures by incorporating cool-season grasses and legumes into warm-season pastures, and improving the warm-season pastures by over-seeding them with warm-season legumes. Moreover, the handbook discusses browse and vine species suitable for maintaining in pastures to supplement goats’ nutritional requirements and minimizing parasitic infestations. Other topics include forage definition and classification, basic principles of forage production, animal grazing behavior, predator and disaster management, managing erosion, supplemental feeding, and economics.

Other key partners in the project include PadmaDal Memorial Foundation, Alabama Natural Resources Conservation Service, Auburn University, Mississippi State University, Langston University, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) ES11-107, Training for Sustainable Year-Round Forage Production and Grazing/Browsing Management in the Southern Region.

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Location: Alabama | South
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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.