Bloat before a show

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by toth boer goats, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    What do you all do... before and on the day of a Goat Show...to minimize a bloaty looking belly?
    It is actually for breeding class...bucks and does.....not a wether class ....don't know... if there is a difference or not?
    Do you feed them any different ...Prior?

    What kinds of things cause minor bloat....?

    What do you take to the show for them to eat ?

    Thanks everyone... :greengrin:
     
  2. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    usually decrease the hay. "hay belly" I feed mine free choice hay usually but before a show they just get ____ flakes. usually 1per every two goats, i dont have a problem with bloaty looking goats usually but it doees happen. it might be the grain, see what others say

    and btw its great your going out to show!!! take some pics while your there :wink:
     

  3. KW Farms

    KW Farms Moderator Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Wapato, WA
    Yep...agree with AlaskaBoers...we decrease the amount of hay given so they are not getting free choice. You could experiment...seperate one of your show goats and see how much feed it takes to get them looking "just right" and then feed that same amount the day of the show.
     
  4. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    could it be alfalfa?
     
  5. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    thanks guys....great advice... :thumbup:
    you know... it could very well be Alfalfa ....it is rich.... :wink:
     
  6. RowdyKidz

    RowdyKidz Senior Member

    Apr 2, 2009
    NW Ohio
    I'd have to agree. Hay is the most probable and I would reduce it before a show. ;) Good luck and have fun!!! :greengrin:
     
  7. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    thank you.... :greengrin:
    Sounds like the culprit is hay.....thanks again everyone....I appreciate your input... :wink: :hug: