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We are in the process of fencing off part of our pasture so they can eat all the weeds, grass, and oak leaves they want, while being protected from coyotes. Right now, they have individual stalls (until Shasta is castrated) with an area to get outside and enjoy the sun. However, I am almost always with them in the pasture. They absolutely love it. I just had a week off for spring break, so they are getting spoiled, lol. They sure do love the new oak leaves, it's a big hit! I am hoping that will bring feed costs down for us. I think we also need a better feeder. They are just eating out of horse grain buckets right now, and they are pretty wasteful. It's a work in progress for sure. :) Good luck chickylou!

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Originally Posted by bock View Post

I read that goats need the roughage from hay to keep their rumen functioning properly. 

True. They need hay,grass, browse, and other roughage. Alfalfa is ok, but they need more. 

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"Never approach a horse from the back, a goat from the front, or a fool from any side."- Unknown 

 

 

MY page.... Check it out and help! (Click to show)

 

 

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post #13 of 14

We have a Goat Feeding Discussion on the sister site Backyard Herds, were members have listed what they feed their goats.  Also listed are the type of goats and region of their farm.

 

Here is how we feed our goats (all goats are allowed to browse year round):

 

 

 

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Location:  Central Ohio - United States
Goats raised: Dwarf breeds (pygmy and nigerian dwarf and crosses)

Winter - Spring:
Hay (clover / orchard grass / alfalfa) - available free choice to all
Alfalfa pellets - free choice to dams in the kidding pens and goats in breeding pens.  A handful a day to all others.
Sweetlix 16:8 Minerals - Available free choice to all
Mineral block - available free choice to all

Summer Fall:
Pasture / Browse
Alfalfa pellets - free choice to dams in the kidding pens and goats in breeding pens. And fed to milking goats
Sweetlix 16:8 Minerals - Available free choice to all
Mineral block - available free choice to all
(we don't grain during this time unless we are milking or breeding)

Our buck barn gets ammonium chloride (AC) added to their loose minerals. 

Breeding bucks get free choice alfalfa pellets

Supplements:
CMPK (Calcium / Magnesium / Phosphorus / Potassium) - As Needed
Sweetlix 16:8 Minerals - All goats free choice
Ammonium Chloride (A.C.) - Added to minerals
Molasses - Post kidding does
Electrolytes - As Needed
BoSe - 30 days Pre-Kidding and As Needed
Copasure - 2x per year All goats
Vitamin A & D - All goats / Fall of every year
Red Cell - As Needed

Treats:
Usually crunchy leaves or a pine bough.
Sometimes the apple flavored horse treats.
A couple of my goats will accept fruit or veggies as a treat.


eta:  We changed some of our feeding practices this Fall / Winter.  Those that were changed have been italicized.

Last edited by elevan (12/10/2011 12:15 pm)

 

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post #14 of 14

$22.00 a bale!  That is insanity!

 

The finantial situation of this country is getting criminal.

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