THE HAY

A good quality hay should be the basis of any feeding program. All goats of any stage of life need a good forage source. If the grass is excellent then we do not supplement hay to all of the goats (with the exception of the milking does.) When it’s available our milking does get Peanut Hay. Other times they get Orchard.  We supplement them with alfalfa pellets as well. Dry does and Juniors get coastal. Bucks are almost strictly on pasture, supplemented with a roll of hay in winter.

THE FEED

Lucas Goat is the basis of our feed. It’s a 16% protein sweet feed formulated for goats. The amount you will feed will greatly vary depending on your goat’s size, age and nutrition requirements. A decent starting point is this…If your goat still has feed after about 15 minutes you are feeding too much. Ask how much the goat has been getting fed. Goats that are not used to grain may not need much at all. You can actually hurt them by feeding too much!

THE MINERALS

Healthy Goat Minerals is to be fed as a free-choice mineral and vitamin supplement. Average intake should be 1 to 4 ounces per head per day, depending upon the mineral requirements of the animal.

SweetPro Fresh Start is a unique supplement to stimulate intake and support feed efficiency with yeast and other fermentation metabolites. It is meant to be used as a top dressing at the rate of 1 ounce per 100 pounds of body weight.

Diamond V XP DFM is a Direct Fed Microbial and has beneficial enzymes and micronutrients. Feed ½ ounce per head per day.

 Thorvin Kelp is natural trace mineral supplement. Thorvin is a concentrated source of more than 60 minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and beneficial phytonutrients, including polysaccharides which have prebiotic properties.  Feed at the rate of ¼ - ½ ounce per head per day.

 

 

Feeding young goats: if you are going to feed grain to babies (and I believe you should) you need to do it with caution. Give CDT shots and be sure not to over feed. Be extremely careful to have a feeder that they cannot get their feet into. Watch for loose or soft stool and treat immediately! Coccidiosis prevention is necessary. Use Albon tablets at 3, 6 and 9 weeks. You can get this from a vet.. OR you can use Toltrazuril one time at 3, 6, and 9 weeks. You can order this online.