And does eat oats
I've been intrigued to
realize that the beds of oats that our goats have repeatedly nibbled
throughout the fall and early winter are staying green longer than the
un-nibbled beds (which are pretty much dead by now). I wonder if the
nibbled beds are producing more underground biomass as well as regrowing
their leaves repeatedly? After all, I've read that, when grass is
grazed, the plants slough off a proportional amount of root mass
(although I've yet to see a scientific study to this effect). If the
root-sloughing is more than a permaculture legend, then you might
actually add more biomass
to the soil by letting goats graze your cover crops a couple of times
than by simply letting the oat plants mature and then die in situ.
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