Weird Looking Goat Feed

Discussion in 'Goats' started by Croenan, May 12, 2006.

  1. Croenan

    Croenan Well-Known Member

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    Just a quick question. I normally give my goats a bit of sweet feed and it has those little pellet-ly things in it and them some grain. The other day I was trying to get some "medicated" goat feed and they sold me a bag. My question is that this stuff looks funny! I don't know if I should switch to it or not. (it comes from a local feed producer) It has the cotton husks in it and looks more like the cattle feed that I have seen. If I could figure out how to post a picture of it I would. Should I feed it or just toss it?
     
  2. susieM

    susieM Well-Known Member

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    Is it the same stuff that you usuall feed? If not, maybe mix it with the usual stuff, gradually...no waste that way, and no colic, either.
     

  3. Niki

    Niki mini-steader

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    I don't have goats, but I used to work for an animal nutrition company for many years. If one of my customers called in with this question, I would have asked them to compare the feed tags of both products. Compare the ingredient list and the guaranteed analysis.

    My primary concern with feeding a pelleted feed or a loose grain mix that is medicated is whether or not the animal will consume all of what is fed or leave some - resulting in not getting what they need medication-wise, or what if that animal or another gets loose and consumes 1/2 the bag - which does happen. Can an animal overdose? I would be finding these things out.

    If you compare the tags and feel more comfortable about feeding it, I would start with 75% of the former feed mixed with 25% of the new feed for a week. The 2nd week do a 50/50 mixture. The third week do a 25/75 mixture and the fourth week can be 100% new feed.

    HTH!