Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Getting Ready for the Goats

Each year, five acres of the test pasture are planted in annuals. This year's forage mix includes Sunn Hemp, BMR pearl millet, cow peas, rape, and chicory.

In addition, there are five acres of cool season grasses (orchardgrass + MaxQ tall fescue). There is an additional ~2.5 acres of silvopasture. It has the greatest variety of pasture plants. It was left ungrazed by the sheep.

Fresh gravel has been put under the port-a-hut shelters. The hoop house will provide additional shelter for the goats.

April was a very dry month for the test site. Moisture picked up in May and conditions are good for forage growth.