Goats are versatile self-feeders and willchange their feeding action according to forage availability. In this four partvideo line, we’ll help you work out your forage plan for goats so that youcan operate in an economically efficient manner with an see to maximizingproductivity. The first stage of foraging planning is to estimate and establishyour afford. First part in determining forage supply is to work out how muchpasture is in paddock so we can use simple pasture yield photo standards assuch as the one i’ve got in the entrust which has photos that representdifferent crops of pasture in the corral we compare the photoswith what we can see in the corral and then we can work out roughly how muchpasture we actually have in the corral that’s fairly easy and speedy to do toget a more accurate figure on how much pastures in the pasture what we wouldnormally do is cut a couple of quadrants of pasture we are therefore framed our one-quarter squaremeter quadrant down trim the pasture that’s in there and articulated it into our bagtake that back and baked once we’ve dried it we weigh it on a placed of kitchen scalesand we work out how much harvest there is of pasture and the pen andkilograms per hectare and then we use the above figures and we amble across thepaddock making our quadrant with us and drop that down several times and comparewhat’s in that in the quadrat as we introduced it down with the amount that we cutearlier in the day so that gives us a much more accurate figure of how muchpasture might be in the pasture if you require detailed information on how to work out thepasture component of a fodder plan go to the future beef website there’s aseries of four videos there that explains how to do that in lots ofdetail well goats have differing feedingmannerisms I predict compared to cattle but tosheep as well.They have much higher browse rate. While most grazinganimals will destroy some browsing goats have a preference for it – so we’ll focuson planning for browsing. To find out how much browsing we have in the meadow weuse the comparative diverge technique so firstly we pick a 50 rhythm transitrepresentative country we chipped a 2 meter long poke and then we go that transitcounting every division that is within browse range for goats.So we strolled atransit that was 2 metres wide by 50 meters long which gave us 100 squaremeters of transit and in that transit we found 24 forks after we’d determinedthat we took our representative field and then we stripped all the buds fromthat discipline and some small-scale branches and that’s what we thoughtthe goats would be dining when they’re out in the pasture browsing. We took that leaf and those small-minded twigs back and we dehydrated those and weighed them and theycame out to be 125 grams dry heavines of leafso in that 100 square meters we had 24 durations 125 grams which works out to be3, 000 grams of dry significance so that’s what we’ve got in our 100 square meters weneed to work that up then to a full hectare so we can work on a hectarebasis and we need to bring that back to kilograms of baked thing per hectare sowe know there’s 10,000 square meters per hectare if we subdivide that 10,000 by ourhundred square meters that’s in the transit that returns us a chassis of 100 soour 3,000 grams it is essential to multiply by 100 so 3,000 multiplied by 100 and then we need to divide that by 1,000 to give us kilograms per hectare of drymatter and so when you multiply that out that renders us 300 kilograms of drymatter per hectare of forage that’s actually available for purposes of the goats tobrowse.Now when goats graze in a corral and they access browse they canusually access about ninety to a hundred percentage of the browse that’s availableon those trees and shrubs as opposed to cattle and sheep who can’t access nearlyas much as goats can. Cattle might actually be able to accessonly fifty or sixty percentage of the amount of leaf that’s available onbrowse trees. Sheep a little bit more perhaps 70% but goats can access about9 0% of that browse so what we’re going to do is multiply our three hundredkilograms by ninety percentage and that gives us two hundred and seventykilograms per hectare of dry thing is provided for the goats to browse sowe’re going to use that figure now and work out how many goats we can run inour browse paddock and our pasture for the period of time that we need to workdo a cool season pasture plan for

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