Although goats are
notoriously known to consume just about anything, farming
productive animals means knowing precisely how you should go
about feeding goats. This is especially true if you want to
farm these animals for their milk or meat. The first thing you
have to remember when it comes to feeding goats is that their
nutritional needs are heavily dependent on their age, weight,
stage of growth and their breeding cycle.
As an example, livestock owners provide a highly concentrated
diet to fertile female goats (high producing does) about one
month prior to their breeding. This is called flushing or egg
flushing. This practice makes the does believe that food is
abundant, and thereby produce more fertile eggs. After
breeding, it is very likely that the female goats produce a
healthy litter of 4 kids instead of the usual 1 or 2. At the
same time, grains are removed from their diets during the last
stage of their gestation (pregnancy). This is to avoid
possible complications during kidding (birthing).
feeding goats means providing regular sources of
energy, minerals, proteins, vitamins and water. Among all
this, water plays a critical part in the hoofed creatures'
diet. Clean drinking water must be accessible to the goats at
all times. Otherwise, the animals tend to either become sickly
Energy means feeding goats grains and cereals. Most of the
goat feeds available these days are formulated mixtures of
grains, cereals and other carbohydrate based food stuff.
However, these must be limited according to the goats'
nutritional needs to help prevent a common condition called
mastitis or the infection of the udder. This is usually caused
by a bad build-up of gas from the consumed grains and cereals.
When it comes to minerals, goats would need calcium,
phosphorous and selenium in order to maintain their peak
health. In the wild, goats usually consume these minerals
through the grass and other plants they eat.
Sources of proteins should be regulated as well. Aside from
the fact that adding a lot of proteins in the goats' diet is
not commercially viable, some animals tend to become picky
with the food items they consume, favoring one type of protein
source only. This could become a problem later on.
Lastly, these animals would need regular doses of Vitamins A,
D, E and K in order to remain healthy.
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