NATURAL GOAT REARING THE AISLING FARM WAY
We strive to raise our herd as naturally as is feasible and believe that this is the key to maintaining a healthy and happy animal. We allow the goats to free range the property so they can forage on the native plant species as well as the wild invasive. Free ranging allows them to consume a wide range of browse giving them a varied and more nutritionally complete diet.
In the wild a goat would forage around 16 hours a day. Taking breaks to lay down and "ruminate", regurgitating the food that is in their rumen (the largest compartment of their four compartment stomach) back into their mouth so they can re-chew it to break down the fibrous material further. This act is called "chewing their cud" after which they re-swallow it and it goes on its way through the rest of the digestive tract.
The ability to ruminate allows goats and other animals such as cows and sheep, to get all of the nutrition they can out of plants that other animals are not able to digest and would otherwise "starve" on if they had nothing else available to eat.
Autumn Olive bushes, multiflora rose, wild wine berry bushes, poison ivy, mile-a-minute weed......the list of invasive plants that goats thrive on goes on and on ♥.