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  1. Goat Management
    Looking into doing fodder for my goats (2 ND does, 2 LaMancha does, 2 ND bucks). What i want is to at the very least replace the grains i feed them daily, and at most replace the hay i have to buy them. Our goats have access to foraging on our property. I can't find how much of what type of...
  2. The Chatter Box
    Some people get excited for pay day. I get excited for hay day! Getting hay is the one of my favorite things! I just get so excited knowing that we will be safe for at least one more winter. I have been looking around for hay since the girls are losing weight, pasture is now a desert and no...
  3. Health & Wellness
    Hello! So I know this is a potentially strange question - but do goats need unlimited access to some type of forage? My reason for asking is that we have been trying chaffhaye for our herd over the last few weeks and absolutely LOVE it (and so do the goats ;) ) but boy can they burn through a...
  4. Beginners Goat Raising
    Hi, We are new to goats and have 3 Nigerian does that will be arriving in about a week. One is in milk. I am struggling to come up with the best feeding routine for them. They are in a large pen, but there isn't much grass out there this time of year. Lot of fallen leaves and some brush. I...
  5. Beginners Goat Raising
    Hello ! Need some guidance on feeding- I’ve read about “ Calcium: Phosphorus Ratio” but I’m still lost, so I’ve listed some questions below So my boys ( who are still intact- but will be weathered eventually) get: free choice Timothy grass hay at all times I have purina grower goat...
  6. Beginners Goat Raising
    Hi, looking for some advise on what to feed my boys. I think I've overwhelmed myself and overthinking it but there is so much information and I'm so confused! First, I live in coastal northern CA, I have two 1 year old ND wethers and one lamancha and something else cross that I am fostering...
  7. Goat Management
    What hay is more beneficial for pygmy goats? How much hay should they be feed? When foilage is low in winter, does more hay have to be fed to supplement this? Thanks :)
  8. Goat Management
    I am trying to get away from alfalfa, what is a good hay to use, I have heard no Fescue or .timothy. Why are those not good for goats and what other hay should I look into?
  9. Dairy Diaries
    What can I reasonably expect my Standard dairy does to eat per year in hay? We have lush, weedy pasture most of the year. What about a buck? What type of hay do you typically feed? And whats the consensus on alfalfa? Thanks!
  10. Beginners Goat Raising
    I have a four week old bottle feed baby that lives in the house with me. He was rejected by his mother and is a lot smaller and less agile than his sister. He loves his bottle but has very little interest in his hay or goat feed, having a few pieces of each a day. He goes around the house...
  11. Health & Wellness
    I'm so totally confused. I have two bucks (will be wethers in a few weeks). They are still on the bottle but I'm researching what to feed them after they are weaned. I've decided I will not feed grain, but what about alfalfa? Half of the people say no alfalfa, and the other half say it's fine...
  12. Goat Management
    I have a Saanen Doe that kidded 2 weeks ago. I'm not sure of protein she is getting, she does graze field all day and hay is offered. I give her about 2 cups mixed sweat feed and sunflower seeds a day. I can't make her eat the hay and was wondering about alfalfa pellets, how much to feed of it...
  13. Beginners Goat Raising
    Good morning, everyone. :wave: BuddysDad and I will be going to the Farmer's Co-Op today, and we plan on stocking Buddy up on what he's going to need. When his cousin brought Buddy to us, he told us NOT to feed him alfalfa. He said the reason for this, was because it would "block up" his...
  14. Horses
    I am going to get a horse and I'm wondering what kind of hay to feed it. I've heard some people say Alfalfa, some say Burmuda, and others say Grass Hay. Also, is it NECESSARY for my horse to have grain? They don't have it in the wild. ;-) I really appreciate it...
  15. Goat Management
    Hello! I have a question about our goats and what minerals they should have. We have a small herd of fainting goats and have four pregnant does due at the end of April and some due in late July. I've read some articles and threads here on minerals, but still have some questions. We went to the...
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