In the summer our goats mostly eat leaves, but of course there haven’t been any proper leaves for five months.  Over the past few weeks I have cut down about fifteen christmas trees for them.  Although they munch needles and branches it’s mostly the bark they want —  I think they’re after the sap: it’s sticky and bitter (horrible bitter chewing gum, I’ve tried it) and it leaves them with black moustaches.  I do this every year, but I’d forgotten and only realised they needed some wood to chew on when I noticed that they’d been nibbling the paneling and wooden furniture in the goat house. img_9361