Feeding Mixed Herd of Goats and Sheep?

Discussion in 'Beginners Goat Raising' started by Dylann, Jul 30, 2020.

  1. Dylann

    Dylann Member

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    Jun 20, 2020
    NY
    Hello folks! Will be getting 2-3 sheep, and 2-3 goats this fall. Plan on pasturing and sheltering them all together. In planning ahead and doing lots of reading, one thing has become clear: goats = copper good, sheep = copper bad. Open to any recommendations on how to make sure the animals get everything they need in terms of nutrition and any feeding tips. At the moment thinking:

    -all sheep and goats get free-fed orchard grass or other grass hay (open to recs)

    -all sheep and goats get same grain feed *without* any added copper (how much a day?)
    https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/producers-pride-all-grain-feed-50-lb?cm_vc=-10005

    -sheep get sheep-specific mineral supplement (https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/dumor-sheep-mineral-50-lb?cm_vc=-10005)

    -goats get goat-specific mineral supplement
    https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/manna-pro-goat-mineral-supplement-8-lb?cm_vc=-10005
    note: will put this high up for goats to climb on and eat where sheep cannot get it; or separate the sheep from goats if necessary (put sheep in barn first at nighttime, let goats eat their supplement outside the barn and put them in later)

    Any advice more than welcome!
     
  2. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Yes, goats need goat minerals, sheep cannot have goat minerals. Goats can safely eat sheep minerals. Just watch for any copper issues and bolus accordingly!!
     
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  3. Dylann

    Dylann Member

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    Jun 20, 2020
    NY
    thanks! so do you think it would be easiest to give all sheep and goats a sheep-specific (or sheep and goat safe) mineral and only give the goats a copper bolus?
     
  4. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    Yes..feed quality sheep feed and mineral and bolus your goats ..
     
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  5. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Yes, but if you offer a mineral to the goats separately for them to lick as needed that’s fine!
     
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  6. Goataddict

    Goataddict Well-Known Member

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    Jun 8, 2020
    Abuja, Nigeria
    I agree with others.

    And one thing to note is that though rare sheep and goats have been know to mate which results in a geep which is majorly born dead or infertile.
     
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  7. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    Yes, definitely would not run a ram or buck with the ladies.
     
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  8. Dylann

    Dylann Member

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    Jun 20, 2020
    NY
    all great points, thank you so much! only having wethers and ewes here, no geeps!!
     
  9. Goataddict

    Goataddict Well-Known Member

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    Jun 8, 2020
    Abuja, Nigeria
    No problem, hope all goes well for you.