Okay guys! Had a really bad day because of a stupid feed companies actions... and my hubby made it worse.... not his *complete* fault, but I'm still mad. :veryangry: For a while we've been feeding Southern States brand Goat and Kid food for our entire herd. We were getting low a few days ago and my hubby decided to stop in and buy Purina Noble Goat food in town so we didn't have to drive as far. I was okay with that, since I could just slowly change an figured we might stay with that feed because it was less hassle and less drive time to get it even though it was $2 more expensive. Well, hubby went in and took ALL the food we had left (which was 1 and 1/2 bag and dumped it in the same barrel and mixed it together. I was FURIOUS! because what if they had a allergic reaction or something to the new feed (had it happen to a horse once). Well, I chocked it up to just "dummy husband syndrome" and just happened to look at the nutritional tag attached. It's MEDICATED FEED! I Was SUPER POed :veryangry: NO WHERE on the bag did it say medicated! Every other brand of feed (for any animal in general) usually states it medicated right on the BAG, not just the label! Luckily, nobody got fed it, but I purchased 1 whole bag of Med.feed I can't use, BUT 1 1/2 bags of my old stuff is tainted with med. feed, because of my hubby's stroke of genius! I am never feeding Purina again for any of my animals. Now this isn't just a rant, I really would like some imput on what I should do. I want to feed my animals as natural and cost effective as possible and wouldlike to distance my self from the commercial feeds. I've already done this with my Clydesdale. I feed him beet pulp without mollasses, alfalfa cubes, rice bran, fresh ground flaxseed and Essential K ratio balancer, which basically provided minerals and vitamins for him. Is this possible to do for goats? I had an equine nutrionist give me this recipe for my horse, but am not so familiar with how to go about this task with goats. :idea: I had thought of feeding them: Sweetlix free choice minerals for meat goats (already have it out there for them now) Beet pulp without mollasses Flaxseed fresh ground alfalfa cubes (except for the bucks) and rice bran Do they need anything else?? I don't want to feed corn if I can help it and I would like to keep them away fromhigh sugars. I'd imagine protein would be the most important here since I want milk, but do I need to add calcium? How much would I feed this to each goat if this recipe would be alright? My goats as follows: Buck #1 is an 8month 75%nubian/25%Alpine weight about 100lbs. Buck #2 is about 3-4 months and is boer/alpine cross about 40lbs. Doeling #3 is a 7month old PB nubian about 80lbs. Doeling #4 is a cashmere about 5-6 months about 40lbs. Doe #5 is about 4-5 year old and about 140lbs Doe #6 is an Alpine/nubian cross late pregnancy 140lbs Doe #7 is a boer about 2-3 years and is about 125lbs. They all eat out of their own bucket, so I can tweak each goats feed if need be. Now I'm not precise on the weight, just a rough guess I could be off here, but just to give an idea. I want to give my goats the best I can and feed them the best within my budget. ANY ideas on feed and/or how much to feed would be greatly appreciated. So sorry for the begining rant, just had to blow of some steam! Hope noone is upset, and no offense if you use purina food.