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My wife has had a fear that if we feed too much grain the goats will bloat. I kept telling her if you add grain slowly we wouldn't have a problem. she wouldn't risk it and our first milk test this year was a flop.
she talked to her goat guru friends and decided to try my way. Kind of.
long story short we just finished another milk test.
Lamacha does
the 9 year old gave 9.4 lbs
4 year old gave 10.8 lbs
the two year old gave 8.9 lbs
the Nigerian dwarf does were less impressive.
the 8 year old gave 4.2 lbs
the 4 year old gave 5.1 lbs
I have no idea if these numbers are good or bad but all in all i am happy with the test. still feel that we would have done better feeding more grain.
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If goats get too much grain, they will get a loose stool, which, in turn, will decrease the milk amount. I have the impression that "too much" differs between breeds and individuals.
 

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My wife has had a fear that if we feed too much grain the goats will bloat. I kept telling her if you add grain slowly we wouldn't have a problem. she wouldn't risk it and our first milk test this year was a flop.
she talked to her goat guru friends and decided to try my way. Kind of.
long story short we just finished another milk test.
Lamacha does
the 9 year old gave 9.4 lbs
4 year old gave 10.8 lbs
the two year old gave 8.9 lbs
the Nigerian dwarf does were less impressive.
the 8 year old gave 4.2 lbs
the 4 year old gave 5.1 lbs
I have no idea if these numbers are good or bad but all in all i am happy with the test. still feel that we would have done better feeding more grain.
remember
Feed in Milk out
Is that for twice a day milking or just morning milking once?
 

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What kind of grain/concentrates are you feeding, and how much per day?
With out the recipe I can only give about amounts.
40lbs cracked corn
20lbs weat
15lbs oats
3lbs sunflower seed in shell
Organic soybean meal
Yeast
Fertrell Mineral for goats
there are some other stuff that i cant remember.
Pm me if you want the real deal.
we gave the lamachas two red solo cups of grain every milking.
the ND got one cup.
 

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Oats and barley make more milk than does corn. If you (or your wife) don't want to feed a larger volume, would you consider a shift toward those other ingredients and a lot less corn?
 
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