What We Feed Our Goat Good Or Bad?

Discussion in 'Goats' started by goat mother, May 12, 2005.

  1. goat mother

    goat mother Active Member

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    Hi, I Was Just Wondering If What We Feed Our Goat's Are Good For Them Or Are We Going To Far Or Not Enough?

    We Mix The Following Together To Make One:
    Steamed Oats
    Alfalfa Pellet's
    14% All Stocks Pellets
    Goat Developer Medicated
    They Ahve Free Choice Hay(not Sure What Kind)
    We Have 23 Goat's In All Most Are 50-100% Boer.
    7 Weathers Under 4 Months
    3 Females Under 4 Months
    11 Does Over 1yr 2 Are Milk Goat's
    1 100% Buck
    1 50% Buck

    Just Wanting To Make Sure We Are Doing Good For Our Goat's. I Spend A Lot Of Time With Them. Want Them To Be The Best They Can Be. They Are All Very Healthy Big Boer's
    Thank U 4 Ur Help
    Felcia
     
  2. Jen H

    Jen H Well-Known Member

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    That list looks fine to me. You don't mention if they have a mineral mix. If they don't, then you might set one out free choice for them.

    Step back and take an objective look at your goats. Coats shiny? Nice pad around the ribs? Are they active and alert? Are the little ones growing the way they should? If you said "yes" to all of the above questions, then their feed is just fine.
     

  3. Vicki McGaugh TX Nubians

    Vicki McGaugh TX Nubians Well-Known Member

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    It's a waste mixing with the medicated pellets. They have to be fed alone with good hay or alfalfa pellets only. There isn't enough ammonium chloride or cocci meds in them with all the dilution they are getting with the other feeds mixed in. Read your bag, most are mixed a 1 pound per 30 to 50 pounds of body weight, so you can see how much you really would have to feed to get and keep the bloodlevels up, why they are really only practical for young growing stock and perhaps bucks. Plus, other than the end of pregnancy, growing kids, nusing kids and getting bucks back into shape who are used heavily, no goats need grain all the time like this.

    Cocci medications in a feed through are dosed, they also go into the bloodstream, this medication has to be fed daily, right over the dose the goat needs to keep the blood level of the medication up, lower, because you add so many other things to it and the blood level drops and you have cocci outbreaks. Really not even a concern in adult animals, so it's actually a waste of money to even feed it to adult stock...except if you are going to use it in your dams to keep the numbers down in the manure when kids are born. Clear as mud? Vicki