Christmas trees goat food #295934 - Ask Extension


Christmas trees goat food #295934

Asked January 07, 2016, 11:51 AM EST

can sheep and goats be fed old Christmas trees

Hillsborough County New Hampshire

Expert Response

Though they may eat it, I wouldn't recommend it.  Pine needles are known to cause abortions in cattle.  Although several studies have shown them not to cause abortions in goats, some suggest they may still be toxic to goats.  They are also not very nutritious, being low in protein and high in volatile oils.  There are much better feeds for goats.  

Here is another answer to a similar question.  I hope this helps.

Chris Shelley Replied January 07, 2016, 12:25 PM EST

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