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this study shows a 22% decrease in milk production from goats on grass only diets (Group D) in comparison to the concentrate and alfalfa diet (group A). study based on .66 kg of concentrate for each kg of milk production over 1.5 kg per day for the group A showing the 22% increase in milk production . so for every 2.2lbs of milk over 3.3 lbs the goat would receive 1.45 lbs of concenrate. so for ease of mind if your goat was milking 8 lbs of milk per day then they would get about 3 lbs of concentrate if they were in group A in this study. whether or not that amount of grain purchase is worth a 22% increase in production is something I would like to hear opinions on. it is a difference of abut 3 cups out of a gallon form my calculations. feel free to correct me it my math is off. this of course doesn't take into account any losses due to milk fever or other nutritional problems and I don't want you to run out and stop feeding alfalfa! use some sense its just food for thought!
http://jds.fass.org/cgi/content/abs...NDEX=40&sortspec=relevance&resourcetype=HWCIT

this one talks about the taste of milk from pasture based operations with a breif mention of the different fatty acid composition in cows milk. can you tell a difference in pasture based milk?
http://jds.fass.org/cgi/content/abs...DEX=100&sortspec=relevance&resourcetype=HWCIT

about increasing butter quality (spreadability) with pasture . (cows milk)
http://jds.fass.org/cgi/content/abs...NDEX=20&sortspec=relevance&resourcetype=HWCIT

talks about the increase in saturated fat in milk from cows fed high concentrate diets. how do you feel about this?
http://jds.fass.org/cgi/content/abs...INDEX=0&sortspec=relevance&resourcetype=HWCIT
 

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Thanks for the links, very informative!
IMH Experience, the browse does make all the difference, and although I feed alfalfa and grain, it isn't worth it to get that extra amount of milk for that extra ration.

That being said, in Fl, my herd browsed sandy pine, live oak, mimosa, grape vines, sore tooth tree, argentine bahia, pensacola bahia, bermuda grass, blackberry, and I also seeded the pasture with peanut, cowpeas, and millet.

Moved to AL, they get the same ration, and I noticed an drastic increase in production the first week we let them out of the barn, I haven't learned all the browse here yet, but there's lots of clover, more bamboo vines, white oak, hickory, persimmon, chestnut, bermuda grass, as well as a bunch of other forage I haven't identified yet.

So my input of feed is the same, but increase in milk. Certainly happy, but needs more study before I forgo the pellets, and oats.:)
Megan

Edited to add: On the previous place(Fl), I also did experiment with free choice alfalfa pellets, but it didn't increase the milk enough to offset the added cost.
 
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