How to "bulk up" a Saanen?

Discussion in 'Meat Market' started by riaketty, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. riaketty

    riaketty New Member

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    Feb 22, 2009
    Millersport, Ohio
    I know this isn't the best breed for meat production but right now it's what we've got. She's on the thin side and she's CAE positive... we're thinking about butchering. Would it be worth it in feed costs, etc to do this? Or are Saanens naturally always going to be thin?

    How would I bulk her up? Feed?
     
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    Saanans are a dairy breed and if she recently kidded getting her back up to weight could take time and energy. Depending on her stage of CAE then you may or may not have issues bulking her up.

    I would provide plenty of hay and feed grain twice a day. Give her plenty of room to exersize - you want muscle not fat
     

  3. barnyard

    barnyard New Member

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    Feb 10, 2009
    Canton, Texas
    I have Saanens and boers. I feed the same feed to each. The meat goats are bulked and big. The Saanens are not. We were so used to looking at a meat goat that when we got our dairy we were sure they were too thin. However, the breeds are just different. Dairy cows look a lot thinner than beef cattle but lots of people raise the dairy bulls for meat. You get less- about 100-150 lbs less, but the meat is just as good. I would feed her out for a time, then butcher her.
     
  4. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    They have specific meat building grain that you could try on her :shrug: