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Goat feed still on the rise

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I spent just over $13.00 on one 50lb bag of sweet goat feed today!!! this is rediculous!

Last time I bought feed they were out of the goat feed so I bought horse feed. The goats never skipped a beat and ate it up - no soft stools from the sudden change either.

So I saved the tag and tonight was comparing the two.

The differences are
goat feed there is 30ppm of copper
horse feed it is only 20ppm of copper
goat feed protein is 16%
horse feed is 12% protein
in the goat feed the crude fiber is 8%
horse feed crude fiber is 22%

How much of a difference is this going to make for my goats do you think?

I have not seen any weight loss in the past month nor any coat conditions becoming bad in any way (of course it is only a month but they are growing their winter coat at this time).

I asked because the horse feed is like 7 or 8 dollars! It is called Select by Southern States. My sweet goat feed that I have been feeding for the whole entire time I have raised goats is also by southern states.

I hate to change a good thing - but the price is getting rediculous and unafordable!

if I do decided to go with the horse feed next time how much BOSS do you think I need to add to bring the protein levels up?

I feed fastrack so I know that is a large factor in my goats over all health :D
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I don't have enough experience with mix feeds to know- my horses for the last 20 years and my goats after the first bag, have only had hay and whole oats and alfalfa pellets and an in-the-feed mineral mix.
That's because I am leary of feed where I don't clearly know what is in it.

I figure I buy the best hay I can find and that should have pretty much what they needed in it.
With the horses, the have at times worked fairly hard - doing 20 plus mile rides climbing 2000 feet in the ride- I have always been able to keep them up to weight and healthy.

Whether this is good for the goats-????

Hay is the pricey item as I buy the best I can get here (not always godd as I would like,) and since I feel a minimal amount of grain, that is usually not a problem.
This is just a vague memory of some other discussion but I wonder if Urea is also a concern?
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