Calf milk replacer for goats

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by Tanya, Aug 1, 2020.

  1. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    My suppliers all have lamb milk replacer on back order for me. I had to buy calf replacer in the meantime. If I slowly introduce it to Gizmo will it harm him?
     
  2. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    What are the ingredients?
     

  3. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    I will check. He doesnt like it much
     
  4. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Store bought whole cows milk may be better. ;)
     
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  5. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    @toth boer goats I am considering giving it to him. I am trying to supplement so he doesnt lose anything. I am also ensuring he is eating a bit more sweetfeed. Still trying to find lamb milk replacer. I dont want to harm his rumen.
     
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  6. Jessica84

    Jessica84 Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2011
    California
    Depending on what is in the calf replacer and how much protein it has the whole milk will probably be a better choice. Also I think it’s SO much easier on their stomachs. I have in the past had no choice but to totally 100% change them over from both does milk and kid replacer (got a bad batch that killed some kids) and they really didn’t miss a beat with the change. Granted no way would I suggest totally 100% changing over unless it’s the only option but I really do like whole milk best because of those experiences.
     
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  7. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Milk replacer is something I recommend avoiding - store bought whole cow's or goat's milk is best!!
     
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  8. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    Thank you all so much. I will go get whole milk.
     
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  9. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    As usual, if you change, try and do it gradually, or offer electrolytes only for a couple feedings then the new milk or replacer etc.
     
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  10. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
  11. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    Today, I added some probiotics, but it seems he is taking to the calf milk. I will only get the lamb milk on Thursday