Person: Cheryl and Mike Hopkins

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Alternative Free Choice Minerals for Goats Download PDF (1 MB) View Fullscreen

December 10, 2015 

RESEARCH REPORT

Objective: To determine if there are quantifiable health benefits in goats provided free choice minerals and kelp versus standard mineral blocks.

July 7, 2015 

RESEARCH PROTOCOL

Seeding new species into existing
pastures improves pasture diversity
and forage quality and quantity.
• The Hopkins have added new forages
to their pastures and tracked the
diversity and rotations of their grazing
meat goats.
• Pasture quality was adequate for
mature and young animals—based on
doe condition and kid gain—despite
increasing the stocking rate from the
previous year.
KEY FINDINGS
• Frost-seeding legumes and herbals
successfully introduced new species
into existing pastures.
• After two seasons of frost-seeding
new species and rotational grazing,
the proportion of legumes in pastures
has increased.
• After two seasons of frost-seeding
new species and rotational grazing,
animal-days per acre and kid gain
have increased.

February 1, 2015 

RESEARCH REPORT