Glad to hear that the goat field day is kid friendly, I wanted to go, but wasn't sure about the girls. I will have to wait before I sign up. Imagine I will be scheduled to be at the farmers market, so hard to be 2 places at once!
Thanks for all the goat well wishes. I can't imagine our place without them. Still not sure how Bambie is going to make it without her sister, those 2 are always in trouble together.
The goats are all walking around & appear to be moving better, but 1 still looks bloated. He is burping everytime we rub his tummy. Normally they have hay for breakfast & forage in the afternoon with comercial feed to call them in for the night. If they don't come out to forage we offer more hay. I am going to keep them from forage until we get a good rain & nitrate chances are down. We do have lots of Johnson Grass in our front pasture, not sure how much is in the areas the goats visit. They seem to do most of their foraging in the woods. The leaves on the trees are better than any other thing I ever offer them.
Last wk there was talk of using oil with feed. I purchased Equine Fat supplement. The atwoods brand even list the dosages for your dogs. It boost there energy & makes their coat shinny. Think the Atwoods brand was about $20, the other was $30 something. Of course I walked out with the more expensive one after comparing the two. Didn't even realize it until I got home. It smells like oranges & the birds enjoyed it mixed on their feed. Haven't tried to see if the dogs like it yet.
So far we have seen a few sprinkles twice today. Only lasted 3 or 4 minutes each time. Glad some of you are seeing rain. Now off to grab a late dinner & crawl into bed.
What kind of hay? Many times Johnson grass hay is just called grass hay. And if it's cut with a brush hog instead of swathed you nearly won't be able to tell the difference.
Goats eat Bermuda hay fairly well but only if it has seasoned for a couple of years or at least that has been our experiance.
My favorite hay is Bluestem, it can be fed to anything, even our hogs went crazy for it and it will keep critters fat and sassy through the hardest of winters.Seems to be tasty and easy to digest.
The Legumes, Cow Peas, Mung Beans and Soy Bean hay should be fed sparingly but is a good suppliment during long cold spells.
Haygrazer, Sudan and Millet hays should only be bought from a trusted source and in years like this should come with a nitrate test. Never feed German Millet to a horse.
These days Alfalfa is really over fertilized to meet the dairy and horse industry. It too should be tested for Protien and Relative Food Value. The way it is cut can mean the difference between life and death to an animal due to Blister Beetles. Northern grown doesn't have this problem.
Last year we got ahold of some hay from Michigan, nothing special just what we would call native grass, and I would like to have about 500 bales of that on hand at all times. Wonderful hay, everyone ate it good and maintained there weight really well on it.
Another good spot to get hay from is the Flint Hills of Eastern Ks. Probably some of the best native grass that there is.
If you are worried about the Nitrate levels in your pasture pull a few samples of different grasses and have the Ag. Dept. test it. I think the test is around 20 dollars. Go in and grill the local county extension agent, you pay for the service with your taxes so use them. They should have info about nearly everything Ag. And if they don't they should have a good idea about where to get the answers.