Pasture is one of all need equipment that needed if you want to rise goat. Actually, this is feeding process that supposed to given to the goat, but now people see this way as different way, not just about feeding process. By this way goats can also refresh their mind by feeling free for several time.
Pasture is actually out door land that filling by grass, so it is technically like yard which is free from any building. This land usually affiliated or own by any company but also own by individual home farming. Technically, increasing farming production should be started by repairing goat’s food. As we know their main food is green grass. Randomly green grass available so much in pasture. That’s why if you want to increasing production result, you can use this way. In the fact, this method already practiced by some farmers usually in Europe and New Zealand.
Sadly, in common time there is so much lack of green grass case that cause by inappropriate pasture way. Some case like changing land function also make this problem worse.
To make it better or more effective, here is the way to set up pasture land for goat.
- Cutting and limiting
This activity means to make better grass grow. Technically, you can do this cutting or not. This is so optional because as we know that grass which living in pasture land is so random and so much. By this different kind, we can’t make sure that they are grow in the same method as what we meant to be. If you want to cutting it first, make sure to leaving the end of stem at least 7.5 cm of land. After decide to cutting the grass or not, next step you need to do is limiting the area. You can limit the area using thorn wire. This used to limit the goats about which one area that they can eat and to avoid the goat lost away. Also, this is about security that try to protect the goat from any predator or any stealing practice.
- Divide the land
Divide the land use to share the land how much that using as drinking area, how much that using as transit or cage temporary, and how much area that using as additional grazing. This divide is so recommended because when the X area is lost of any grass, you can use the Y are to ‘waiting’ the grass in the X are grow. It is also use for another aspect like drinking or transit area which is used to fulfil their necessary during pasture land.
- Not over grazing
Something calls as over grazing when the goats that inside the area pasture isn’t compatible with wide of the land itself. It will effect to low-grow of the grass that already loss ate by goats, so the area will bald and unproductive anymore. That’s why you need to count and compare the population with the land to avoid bald.
- Determining of carrying capacity
Pasture land has their own capacity. This capacity also determined by your limiting area such like dividing grazing area, temporary cage, and the drinking area. The higher of grass grow ability, the more goats that can inside of the pasture. To determine it, you need to monitor about the wide land and food necessary per goat. For one goat, usually green grass that needed is around 30% of their own weight. As we know that weight also affect by their old. So, you can count the wide of the area grazing with those determination. Basically, if you want to divide goats you can make schedule. The schedule will manage how much goat that can you take today, tomorrow, and next day.
The criteria of best grazing or pasture land is the tall grass is pretty productive and the quality is good enough and the presistent can be used with another plant and it grows well. The biota’s land is really sensitive to human activity. So, before you use the land that never as pasture before, do some repair. You can also repair the land after you used is or when the area is getting bald.
Set up pasture land is important thing remind of the benefit that we can earn of this method. Also, pasture management need to be doing because we earn something about it and it uses for our necessary so there is no reason to let it away. Because it placed outdoor, make sure that you understand enough to manage the goats and its pasture both in every season because there are differences while you treat them both in dry or cool season.