What are grasses?

Grasses are monocotyledons and belong to the family Gramineae. Leaves from these herbaceous plants appear as blades, with parallel veins. Grasses seldom exceed 15 percent crude protein content. Some examples of grasses are the following: Bahia, bermudagrass, stargrass, bluestem, sudangrass, barley, oats, rye, rape, switchgrass, pearl millet, ryegrass, wheat, dallisgrass, and brown top millet. For more information on grasses, see Goat Pastures and Forages .…

What minerals do goats require?

To achieve maximum production levels, it is necessary to provide a free choice complete goat mineral supplement or a 50:50 mix of trace mineralized salt and dicalcium phosphate. In addition, goats need the following:
Calcium: Major functions include blood clotting, membrane permeability, muscle contraction, nerve function, cardiovascular functions, and enzyme activity. Adequate levels of calcium for lactating goats are necessary to prevent parturient paresis (milk fever). In browsing or grain-fed goats, the addition of a calcium supplement (dicalcium phosphate, limestone, …

Which plants are poisonous to goats?

There are several plants that can be poisonous to goats. However, the severity of plant poisoning depends on the quantity of the plant that was eaten, the amount of ground moisture, the health of the animal prior to consuming the toxic plant, and the size and age of the animal that consumed the plant.
Under normal circumstances, animals will not consume poisonous plants. However, there are some factors that might cause goats to eat poisonous plants. Those factors include starvation, …