Silage for goats?

Discussion in 'Goats' started by unknown, Dec 19, 2004.

  1. unknown

    unknown Guest

    Can you feed silage to goats? the silage that dairies feed to their cows? The dairy i know has offered some of it to me and told me its only chopped alfalfa and has no animal byproduct in it or anything like that.
  2. Stacy Adams

    Stacy Adams Well-Known Member

    Jan 22, 2003

  3. marvella

    marvella Well-Known Member

    Oct 12, 2003
    i asked the same question not long ago. i was told that the silage has to be properly made, and not allowed to mold. the mold will kill? make sick? the goats, while it won't bother cows.
  4. Jasen

    Jasen Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    I worked on the UT extension dairy farm in Knoxville. I did a research paper on various dairy goat needs and silage that we used was never moldy due to the acidity, but I would imagine the goats would not eat it since mine wont eat moldy hay. They do love pickled things though, and switching them to silage was easy and didnt have any problems...just mix with your other feed in small quantities and increase...I cant remember the normal range for alfalfa silage, but I seem to remember the dairy cow and dairy goat had very similar dietary needs and in many places there was no "dairy goat" ration for sale at feed stores so the dairy cow formula was used just fine with minor adjustments. If you can get it cheap or free I would use it.
  5. susanne

    susanne Nubian dairy goat breeder

    Nov 4, 2004
    if i remember it right you asked about making your on silage from grass clippings? i guess this is a different thing. i would use silage for my goats if i could get it for a good price. it has to be good quality same with hay.
  6. unknown

    unknown Guest

    Hey thanks for the replies! You really helped me on this one!