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Can Goats Eat Bamboo? (Health Benefits/Risks)

Most animals, including goats, love eating Bamboo. It is a very palatable feed and a nutritious source for your goats. So yes, goats can eat Bamboo, and there is no harm in feeding Bamboo to your goats.

However, it would be good to mix it up with usual grain feeds such as any hay crop or season it with salt, wine, or beer. 

Bamboo can also be used as fodder in drought-struck areas when no other food source is available for livestock. Or, if the situation is normal, you can feed Bamboo to your goats as a snack now and then.

Also see: Can Goats Eat Onions?

Is Bamboo Good for Goats?

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Bamboo can be a highly nutritive and sustainable source of feed for your goats. 

In research published by Cambridge University Press, it was found that Bamboo’s ability to remain green almost throughout the year in lousy weather areas makes it an excellent source of food for livestock. If fed to goats, it might also save them from gastrointestinal parasites.

Agricultural research, carried out by the International Bamboo and Rattan Organization, states Bamboo as a highly productive food source for animals. It also put light on the fact that Bamboo has the potential to become a year-round source of animal fodder.

Is Bamboo Toxic to Goats?

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No, Bamboo is not toxic to goats. Bamboo has widely been used as feed for goats and other livestock around the world.

However, if we get way more specific and talk about the species of bamboos, then some can be a potential threat to ruminants.

Species like Phyllostachys spp, Semiarundinaria Fastuosa, and Arundinaria Gigantea were found to be harmless for the goats. On the contrary, they have excellent nutritional values that make them edible to goats and other ruminants.

There is another species known as Heavenly Bamboo or Nandina, which is highly toxic for ruminants. If consumed, death is inevitable within hours. Immediate veterinary intervention may save the animal from death. But health-wise, animals will be devastated.

These are the finds of research carried out by Colorado State University under the name “Guide to Poisonous Plants.”

Can Goats Eat Bamboo Plants?

Bamboo plants are perfectly edible for goats and, in fact, an excellent source of food for ruminants. 

A study from Madagascar investigated bamboo leaves’ potential as a food source for cattle in a time of feed’s shortage and found them to be an adequate replacement of usually fed maize silage.

This study was funded by the International Bamboo and Rattan Organization with the aim of finding bamboo leaves’ eligibility to be used as animal fodder in the feed’s shortage season.

The positive results indicate Bamboo leaves’ nutritive value, thus encouraging goat keepers to add bamboo leaves to their goats’ diet without worrying about any adverse outcome.

Summary

Bamboo is an acceptable source of fodder for your goats, and there is really no reason for not adding Bamboo to your goats’ diet. They are very nutritious and a sustainable source of food for your goats throughout the year.

While most of the species of Bamboo are perfectly edible for goats, you have to remain vigilant of the likes of heavenly Bamboo or Chinese bamboo species. They are toxic and deadly to your goats.

So, if you want to add Bamboo or bamboo leaves to your goats’ diet, go ahead and do it! You have nothing to worry about.

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