Using small ruminants to improve forage availability in michigan equine pastures

Come join Michigan State University Extension for a walk through field demonstration.

A photo of goats browsing land.
A photo of goats browsing land.

Michigan State University Extension,in conjunction with Arbor Meadow Farm of Grass Lake, will be hosting a demonstration pasture walk of a SARE funded project using goats to improve pasture accessibility and forage availability.

Over time, pastures that are not managed correctly can become overrun with undesirable weeds and shrubs including autumn olive, multiflora rose, cedar trees, and thistle.These and other plants can become difficult and expensive to spray and kill. Also, if you have a high water table with lots of surface water, it can be very difficult or impossible to use chemicals without contaminating the water. Digging and bulldozing are another option, but it is also very expensive. All of these, and many other weeds and brush species are the preferred feed of goats, as they prefer to browse and can greatly help to remove these undesirable species from your pastures.

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, there will be a field demonstration at Arbor Meadow Farm from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Topics include: logistical management of browsing goats on a horse farm, horse-goat interaction, goat management and health, fencing, plant identification. Attendees will see the difference that browsing 15 goats on 3.5 acres can make in about 90 days. Speakers include; Bess Ohlgren-Miller, farm owner, Dr. Judy Marteniuk, MSU Extension veterinarian, Mike Metzger, MSU Extension small ruminant educator, and Tom Guthrie, MSU Extension equine educator. 

RSVP and for more information contact Bess Ohlgren-Miller at or 734-834-1844

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