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AFSRC Picture of the Week, June 9, 2008
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Goat lying in shade

AFSRC scientists are exploring the potential of browse herbage to meet the nutritional requirements for meat-type goat production. Since goats prefer weeds and woody species compared to typical forage plants, they could be used in place of herbicides on sites where renovation to traditional pasture is the long-term goal. AFSRC scientists found that repeated applications of goat urine can seriously degrade plant growth and result in leaching of poor quality water. Research results were recently published (Ritchey, K. D., D. G. Boyer, K. E. Turner, and J. D. Snuffer. 2008. Goat Urine and Limestone Affect Nitrogen and Cation Distributions in an Acidic Grassland. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 72(3):626-633.)

Photo by Susan Boyer

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