Goats, as well as rabbits and llamas produce convenient poop pellets. These “beans of the bum” enter the atmosphere dry enough for hassle-free collection. They’re drier than horse manure, and a lot easier to handle than thick cow patties.
Goat manure contains more nitrogen than horse manure and double that of cow manure. Goat urine mixes with the feces and makes their waste even more potent. Utilize the 120/90 day rule mentioned several times above if you want to use it fresh.
Just as with any manure, to apply it close to planting time, it’s best to compost and age it first to reduce the chances that it will damage your plants or infect you with a nasty sickness. Just because you’ve never known of anyone falling ill from fresh applications of manure, doesn’t mean it’s never happened. Why take a chance with your health? And in my case, why risk my kids’ health?
Goats eat grass and hay, and like horses and will excrete lots of undigested weed seeds. Composting also saves you from a lot of weed pulling.
Which Plants Benefit from Goat Manure?
Because it is so rich in nitrogen, it’s best to use goat manure on edible crops that do not flower or fruit.
Refer to the recipes for chicken manure above.