Goats (England): Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock (PB9733 & PB0081)

Grazing


14. Grazing should include a variety of plants to ensure an adequate intake of roughage and minerals. If grazing is poor, supplementary feeding may be required. Goats should be moved at appropriate intervals to clean pastures to control parasite infestation and this should be combined with a regular parasite control programme (see paragraph 8).

15. Being browsing animals, goats should be denied access to poisonous shrubs, trees and plants within grazing areas. Well-known examples that are poisonous are rhododendron, yew, laurel and bracken but there are many others and expert advice should be sought where necessary.

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