How Much Mineral to Feed Goats Daily?

Discussion in 'Beginners Goat Raising' started by Dylann, Oct 26, 2020.

  1. Dylann

    Dylann Member

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    Jun 20, 2020
    NY
    Hello from NH! I'm using the below mineral (Manna Pro Goat Mineral) for wethers who are a few years old and am confused how much to feed on a daily basis. Instructions read:

    "Feed Manna Pro ® Goat Mineral at the rate of 1/4 - 1/2 oz per goat, per day. If Goat Mineral is offered on a free-choice basis, daily consumption must be monitored and the location of the mineral feeder managed to obtain the desired 1/4 - 1/2 oz daily feeding rate."

    Thanks for any help!

    https://www.mannapro.com/goat-sheep/supplements/goat-mineral
     
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  2. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't worry about what the bag says for minerals as far as dosage goes. They just have to cover their butts. ;)

    Loose minerals should be fed free choice. The goats can regulate how much they need. I don't know if you can get anything else, but Manna pro minerals aren't the best minerals in many people's opinions.
     
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  3. Dylann

    Dylann Member

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    Jun 20, 2020
    NY
    Thank you for the quick reply! Oh, more than happy to hear advice on better minerals as we're new to the scene. Any recommendations? :)

     
  4. Champion Fence Jumpers

    Champion Fence Jumpers Active Member

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    Feb 9, 2020
    Texas
    Many people on here really like and use Sweetlix Meat Maker. That’s what I give my goats. It has higher copper and zinc levels than manna pro, and also has iodine in it. If goats don’t get enough iodine they can develop goiter. I bought my bag from a local feed store so I would ask around to see if they have it, if they don’t here is a link to get it online.

    https://www.jefferspet.com/products/sweetlix-meat-maker-goat-16-8-with-rainbloc
     
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  5. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    Yes, I use Sweetlix Meat Maker for my bucks and like it a lot. There's also Purina Wind and Rain cattle mineral, and I hear that Cargill Onyx is a good one too. For my does I use a goat mineral from a local co-op store that is formulated for my area. That would be something you'd have to ask around to see if anyone sold something like that.
     
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  6. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    May I ask, why do your bucks get a different mineral from your does?
     
  7. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    The two minerals that I have available are Sweetlix and the Co-op one. In trying to figure out which I wanted to use I found that my does did better on the Co-op minerals and the bucks did a little better on Sweetlix. The other reason is that the Co-op store is kind of a far drive for me, but I can get Sweetlix really close by, so in order that I don't have to drive to get minerals so often I feed the Co-op minerals to my does and Sweetlix to my bucks. I've noticed that I have had less trouble with minerals deficiencies now that I feed them two different mixes.
     
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  8. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Yep, Sweetlix Meat Maker 16:8 is a good one and the goats love it, free choice. ;)
     
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  9. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    Thanks, that makes sense! :)
     
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  10. Dylann

    Dylann Member

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    Jun 20, 2020
    NY
    Thank you! :)