General Goat Behavioral Patterns

Grazing versus browsing behavior

Goats tend to browse forages and legumes rather than graze them. This eating behavior makes them uniquely different from many other domestic ruminants. Goats will graze and browse vegetation selectively when given free range, but under confined or controlled conditions, their preference for browse of trees and shrubs intensifies. Goats seek variation in the consumption of vegetation, oftentimes consuming many plants that cattle and other livestock prefer not to ingest. This preferential eating behavior of goats …