I've been studying plants and weeds in regards to goats. I observe what they eat and what they don't. I learn what weeds are growing and check them against lists of plants considered poisonous for goats. Anything that is especially nutritious I chop, dry, and add to my vitamin and mineral mix for goats. (See "DIY Vitamins & Minerals For Goats" and "Homegrown Goat Minerals")
|Amaranth thinnings. Amaranth is a good source of|
calcium. I find it easier to chop while still fresh.
|Everything is air dried on screens and later added|
to my goats' homemade vitamin and mineral mix.
Other things I just cut and dry for the hay pile. I like to spread them out on a big tarp in the shade. That way I can fold it over at night to protect from heavy dew. Being in the shade, it doesn't bleach out and retains a nutritious dried green color.
|Fresh and dried grasses and weeds the goats like to eat.|
Once dry I toss it onto the hay pile. I don't get a hugemongous amount, but I'm a firm believer that every little bit helps.
I suppose it could be said that all this takes a lot of extra work. I figure if I'm going to weed or otherwise get rid of it anyway, why not save it and feed it to somebody? Makes sense to me. :)