Saturday, May 26, 2012

Pasture preview

Approximately 12.5 acres will be used for the Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test.  The pasture is divided into six paddocks which are planted in a variety of cool and warm season grasses. The goats will always have access to the central laneway which contains the treatment pen, handling system, several port-a-hut shelters, water, and minerals.

In preparation for the goats' arrival next weekend:

Five acres of the cool season grasses were mowed for hay.

A mixture of pearl millet and rape was planted in two paddocks.

3.5 acres, including the silvopasture, was left unmowed.

This was constructed to provide
"environmental enrichment" for the goats.