The very likely answer to the
question, "What do goats eat?" is: everything; but that is not
necessarily so. Although these animals seemed to garner a
disreputable image of heedless carnivores, you need to plan out
carefully the goats' diet if you plan on
rearing for meat, milk or fiber. Goats being raised as pets
should also be taught how to eat properly; otherwise, the animal
might become destructive or eat its way to poor health.
In answer to the question, "What do goats eat?" goats eat both
meat and plant-based food items. Commercially raised livestock
need to have regular meals comprised of grains (energy,)
proteins, vitamins and minerals. Most of the readily available
goat feeds nowadays are formulated to have all these, which is
great in supplementing the goats "fresh" diet. In other cases, a
vet might provide separate goat supplements that can easily be
added to their feeds.
Water should be provided to the goat at all times. These hoofed
creatures cannot sustain themselves for long without access to
clean drinking water.
As a rule, domesticated goats eat the leaves of low shrubs,
small trees and weeds. These animals do crop grasses, but only
if no other food source is available. As a treat, farmers often
provide fresh alfalfa to their diets, which is both palatable to
and nutritious for the goats. These animals are also very likely
to munch on ornamental plants, fruits and vegetables.
"So what do goats eat?" To help simplify matters, goats eat:
acorns, apple trees, bamboo leaves and buds, banana trees, bay
tree leaves, leaves and root of beets, bramble, broccoli plants,
cabbages, entire cantaloupes, carrots, collard greens, cedar
leaves and barks, cottonwoods, dandelions, small Douglas fir
trees, ferns, entire grape plants, hibiscus, honeysuckle,
jackfruit leaves, kudzu, mango leaves, maple leaves and bark,
mints, mulberry plants, oak tree leaves, entire plants of
raspberry, entire rose plants, cherry tomatoes, watermelons,
On the other hand, it is also important to ask also, what food
items are not good for these animals? Instead of asking, "What
do goats eat?" it would be better to know what food items the
goats must be discouraged from eating. Goats are naturally
inquisitive, and may munch on a lot of poisonous (at least to
them) food items. Some of these would include: leftover foods,
moldy food items, avocadoes, boxwood trees, cassavas, choke
cherry leaves and fruits, holly leaves and bark, lilacs,
laurels, milkweeds, nightshades, oleanders, rhododendrons,
leaves of the rhubarb plants, and all varieties of yew.
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