Goat Feed

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by BrazitoFarms, Sep 10, 2018.

  1. BrazitoFarms

    BrazitoFarms New Member

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    Aug 29, 2018
    Las Cruces, New Mexico
    Hello! I’m new to goats and I feel like this is a dumb question, but I’ve asked around to a few folks in my town and can’t seem to get a straight answer. Can goats eat just weeds for their diet? I have a flourishing 2 acres of mostly Palmer Amaranth, Bermuda grass, purslane, and a few other weeds but do i need to give them anything else to supplement their diet besides free feed minerals while these weeds last? Thank you!
     
  2. Redbarngoatfarm

    Redbarngoatfarm Active Member

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    Jul 7, 2015
    Southern Ontario
    We need more info- goat breeds, age, gender, breeding or not? Sounds like a delicious blend!
     
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  3. BrazitoFarms

    BrazitoFarms New Member

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    Aug 29, 2018
    Las Cruces, New Mexico
    Oh sorry- 3 Nigerian Dwarfs: 1 male 4 months and 2 females 3 months, And not breeding
     
  4. Redbarngoatfarm

    Redbarngoatfarm Active Member

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    Jul 7, 2015
    Southern Ontario
    I am not too familiar with those weeds, but if they are holding their weight and growing sounds good to me - weeds and bramble are their natural food. Keep in mind they are young and should be growing. They can become picky though if you switch them to hay off season as they are a bit spoiled with this lovely offering, but they will adjust. Just my opinion
     
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  5. BrazitoFarms

    BrazitoFarms New Member

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    Aug 29, 2018
    Las Cruces, New Mexico
    Okay great that makes sense thank you! My boy weighs 30lbs and has weighed 30lbs for about two or three weeks, if I wanted to get some weight on him does anyone have a suggestion to give them? I’ll have to weigh the girls later. Or is 30lbs normal for a 4 1/2 month old?
     
  6. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    If that male is intact, they will be breeding soon. He needs to be removed if intact.
     
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  7. BrazitoFarms

    BrazitoFarms New Member

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    Aug 29, 2018
    Las Cruces, New Mexico
    He is not intact
     
  8. Redbarngoatfarm

    Redbarngoatfarm Active Member

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    Jul 7, 2015
    Southern Ontario
    Lol those are plump little buggers!
    Nigis really range in size, I have full grown that are 35 lbs, have seen them as much as 70 lbs.
    If you could post some pics that would really help us tell their condition.
     
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  9. BrazitoFarms

    BrazitoFarms New Member

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    Aug 29, 2018
    Las Cruces, New Mexico
    Oh yay! That makes me feel better haha! These are of my boy, he looks skinny to me but if that’s an okay weight then I’m okay with that
     

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  10. NigerianNewbie

    NigerianNewbie Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2018
    Central NC
    "Dairy Goat Body Condition Scoring" is available as a PDF or on you tube and other websites. This is a way to tell if a goat is thin, overweight or in condition. There is more involved than just how much a goat weighs. Some pictures showing the goat from top down, front to back, and from the side and then posted, could be looked at by others if you aren't sure about his body condition. As for ways to get weight on him, why do you think he appears to have stopped gaining weight these past few weeks? Worms? Not enough food?
     
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  11. BrazitoFarms

    BrazitoFarms New Member

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    Aug 29, 2018
    Las Cruces, New Mexico
    I was curious about the same thing so I’m actually sending in a fecal to the vet today for worming.
    And all day long he’s in the 2 acre field full with the weeds mentioned so that’s kinda why I asked if that is enough for him or if I need to be giving him some feed with more protein? He can eat weeds 24/7 though so I am hoping I’m not starving him! :(
     
  12. NigerianNewbie

    NigerianNewbie Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2018
    Central NC
    Cute little guy. See you had posted pictures while working on the post above. Thanks. As Redbarn posted above, ND goats vary in weight and also in height. One of my 2 wethers is 1 1/4" taller and weighs 6 pounds more than the other. They are 3 days apart in age and the oldest is the smaller of the two. I am giving the heavier male extra food to put a little weight on him. He had a recent negative fecal test, so it's extra groceries that he is needing.
     
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  13. BrazitoFarms

    BrazitoFarms New Member

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    Aug 29, 2018
    Las Cruces, New Mexico
    Okay thank you! I guess I will see what the test shows and go from there. Would you suggest some form of hay like sudangrass or alfalfa (just a little) or a grain feed to slowly incorporate if I need to bulk them up?
     
  14. NigerianNewbie

    NigerianNewbie Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2018
    Central NC
    Since he is a wether he will need more calcium rich foods added. Alfalfa hay, alfalfa pellets are good sources of calcium rich food. Since my guys are still young and growing they get a 17% protein feed, oats, BOSS, and alfalfa pellets. Their hay is a 60-40 blend of alfalfa and orchard grass. They also go out into the pasture to forage on days when it isn't rainy. Fecal is a real good place to start. :)
     
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