Best foods for lactating goats?

Discussion in 'Kidding Koral' started by Clarebear123456, Nov 12, 2017.

  1. Clarebear123456

    Clarebear123456 New Member

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    May 23, 2016
    The thumb of Michigan
    I’m just wondering what you guys feed your goats after they have their babies.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator

    The same thing I feed all year round. Grass hay, alfalfa pellets and their feed.
     

  3. Clarebear123456

    Clarebear123456 New Member

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    May 23, 2016
    The thumb of Michigan
    @ksalvagno do you give anything right after birth like molasses water?
     
  4. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator

    Sometimes. That is certainly something you can automatically do.
     
  5. Jessica84

    Jessica84 Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2011
    California
    For me about a month before they kid (depending on how their grass and what not is holding up) they get alfalfa hay and protein tubs. That’s if for me lol I used to give the molasses and water to all of them after kidding but the last few years they have all kidded at once and I feel quite proud just getting them fed and watered lol but if one had a hard time kidding I will make sure they get some
     
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  6. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I agree with the others. Good advice.
     
  7. Suzanne_Tyler

    Suzanne_Tyler GreenTGoats

    Jul 19, 2014
    NC
    I give free choice alfalfa hay and small amounts of grain year round. Browse/graze when it's available. Right after kidding, I give them a bucket of warm molasses water.
     
  8. I also give molasses water to my new mommas. I also give a bit of grain. My goats all get free choice alfalfa year round.
     
  9. Goat_Scout

    Goat_Scout Well-Known Member

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    Mar 23, 2017
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    We almost always give molasses water to our goats as well as our milk cows after they kid/calve. although it isn't a necessity, it gives them more energy which some mamas need after a hard birthing.

    With my leaner dairy girls (the ones that will go downhill if I don't), I start giving grain a month or so before kidding, and usually feed them until they are dried off in the fall, if they need it that long. Typically they each get 2-3 cups (it really depends on the doe though) of a mix of alfalfa pellets, grain (usually one of the kinds from TSC), BOSS and beet pulp if we have it. This year I have also started giving alfalfa hay to my girls in milk or close to kidding.
    I do not give any feed (aside from a handful as a treat now and then) to my does that don't truly need it to maintain their condition. One thing I dearly want in my herd is hardiness, both towards worms/parasites and the need for grain.
     
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  10. cbrossard

    cbrossard Active Member

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    Oct 4, 2014
    I milk my does starting a couple of weeks after they kid, so I feed some grain, alfalfa pellets and BOSS on the milk stand to help with milk production in addition to their 2nd cutting orchard grass hay and browse.
     
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  11. Nigerian dwarf goat

    Nigerian dwarf goat New Member

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  12. cbrossard

    cbrossard Active Member

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    Oct 4, 2014
    I put Apple Cider Vinegar in my goats' water pretty much all of the time.