Grass is goat’s main food. As energy supply, food is fundamental thing that you need to be think both if you rise them as farm animal or just as pet. For better quality, best grass needed to increasing farm’s production. Both for dairy, cattle, or wool has same right for food.
As we know increasing production result should be started by repairing nutrition supply. One of all nutrition supplies that needed by goat is from grass. Did you know that not every grass should be gives to the goat? There is some best grass that recommended for your goat.
Basically, all written below can also used as green forage system if you want. But if your goat needs additional food or another forage system, it is recommended to mix both of them and apply plus share it as schedule that you made.
The grass that loved by goat usually has some criteria like written below:
- Have good palatability
Palatability here can you found by any observation to the goat. You can give the grass as test method at least 2-3 days and observe it. Is it your goat appetite enough when eat the grass.
- Middle harvest time
It is better when the grass isn’t flower yet so the mineral that contained inside the grass is still good and fresh.
- Green appearance, soft contouring leaves, and bowing grows.
- Bigger steam (usually shining and when you press it, it tends to watery)
- Grows in productive area
Globally, grass as green forage divide into two type:
- Cutting grass
This is the kind of high-grass that grows vertically. This grass has so many kids, so responsive over fertilization given and production per unit area is relatively high. Some types of this grass such like Pennisetum purpureum, Panicum maximum, Euchlaena mexicana, Setaria sphacelata, Panicum coloratum, and Sudan grass.
- Shepherd grass
This is the kind of flat-grass grows. The root is really deep and strong. This grass also resistance to dry. Some types of this grass such like Brachiaria brizantha, Brachiaria ruziziensis, Brachiaria mutica, Paspalum dilatatum, Digitaria decumbens, and Chloris gayana.
Here is the type of best grass that you need to gives to the goat.
- Tuton grass
For you who has dairy farm both ow or goat, this grass is really recommended to give them. This grass has benefit to increasing milk production of those animal farming.
- Grinting grass
For cattle goat, grinting grass is really recommended because this grass can increase the appetite of goat. By high appetite, meat and muscle grows can be up so production can increase well.
- Chicken leg’s grass
This kind of grass is really recommended to use as additional or mixed forage system. You can give it to the goat at least twice per a day.
- Loop grass
Beside grinting grass, loop grass can also use as additional food if you want to weight-gaining the goat.
- Lamuran grass
The thing that you can use as reason to use this grass is the cheap price. For you who still beginner who still starting to building goat farm, this grass really recommended because beside it is loved by goat, it also low price so it can press your budget well.
- Elephant grass
As the name which is like elephant, this grass is really looks like elephant which is really big and so high.
- Ganjuran grass
Ganjuran grass with their high chlorophyll is so profitable to weight-gaining goat.
- Weeds grass
This grass is taken by weed which is usually available in rice fields, so you have to cut it first before give it to the goat.
- Mexicana grass
As the name, this grass is come from Mexico. This grass is really loved by goat but unfortunately the price is pricey and this grass is really hard to find because it is harvest only for 5 times before it really dead.
- King grass
This grass is kind of hybrid species. The reason why farmer using this grass is because this grass can give to every herbivore. So, when you rise more than two kind of animals you don’t need to looking for another grass. By one grass you can feed them all at the same time.
Best food supply must be followed by balancing nutrition and cleanliness health management farm. Basically, if you want to have healthy and profitable farm, you need to put some effort to build it. No pain no gain, there is so much hard work in every success. For you who still beginner, don’t be afraid to trying, asking, and looking some new experiences.