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soaking grains

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We are very new to goats and I have been going by the recomendation of my friend whom we bought the doe from. She advised us to soak the grains in apple cider vinegar. This is the proportions she uses
5 parts barley
2 parts sunflower seeds
2 parts split green peas
a dash of garlic powder
a little brewers yeast
I've been sorting through the threads and the first I have seen anyone soaking their grains is under the lentil thread. She said that soaking your grains eliminates the need to give the goat baking soda. But from what I gather goats have four stomachs for the digestion process. We both follow a Nourishing Traditions diet but is this necesary for our goats. Oh and I have been basically feeding this same feed to our ducks and chickens. The goat will be for milking next year.
Oh and our area is very depleted of A LOT of minirals...calcium, selinium, floride, ect.
Thank you for all the insight!
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Thank you so much for all the replies. I have been lurking on here for a little bit, trying to look at past threads, so I can see that there are 100 different ways to feed your animals. :) . My friend is all very natural wants to use no medication/ vaccinations complete organic.... lots of really good ideas BUT she has not had goats for even two years. She has read lots and lots and that is where she is gleaning her info from. And now that she has some actual experience with goats she is changing some of her ways to be a little more pracitical. My dh grew up with goats and sheep and he felt it was too much of a hassle and so I wanted to do my own researching about soaking their grains. Cleopatra (the goat) likes the soaked grains but I do not do it every day and she does like it better dry - even the peas. The ratio she gave me was suppose to be for 18% protein.

That's a very interesting article. It doesn't say that the grains were actually soaked. And when I do soak them I cover the mixture in water and then just a glub of the ACV. Hmmmm, I'll do some more looking.
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