calcium

Discussion in 'Dairy Diaries' started by Goatzrule, Jul 4, 2020.

  1. Goatzrule

    Goatzrule Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2013
    New England
    Whats the amount of calcium a heavy milker should get right before kidding? I used to just give a good grain and tums if needed but this doe always struggles
     
  2. Goatzrule

    Goatzrule Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2013
    New England
    Is there any supplement i could give her?
     

  3. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    What is her diet like right now? Any alfalfa in it?

    She’s about to kid? Not in milk anymore right?
     
  4. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Do you feed alfalfa?
     
  5. Goatzrule

    Goatzrule Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2013
    New England
    Sorry I should have explained more. She kidded a couple of months ago with the same issues as the year before. Shes fed alfalfa pellets, beet pulp, 18% sweet feed, tums, yet she always gets calcium deficient in the last few weeks and afterward. She always gets dried up before she is rebred.She gets warm molasses right after kidding and almost free choice sweet feed.
     
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  6. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Maybe try alfalfa hay to get more than the pellets.

    Don’t love the sweet feed, but OK.
     
  7. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Alfalfa is the best for natural calcium source.
     
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  8. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Carrot juice is a good treatment for it, similarly to a calcium drench.
     
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  9. Goatzrule

    Goatzrule Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2013
    New England
    How much do you give?
     
  10. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    2 cups carrot juice. You can add some celery juice as well. Put cayenne in the juice - this will get the herbs working faster!!
     
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  11. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA