Mixing my own feed? Help please

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by Dlbinn, Feb 21, 2021 at 5:30 PM.

  1. Dlbinn

    Dlbinn Active Member

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    Feb 12, 2018
    I’d like to mix my own feed for my herd of Fainters and ND’s. I do not milk or show. I have more wether’s than anything else. I have heard terrible stories about urinary calculi so I’m doing everything to avoid that. My herd gets grain when they are on the stand getting hooves trimmed and as an occasional treat (aka bribe). I’m still learning about Ca to Ph ratio so this is where I need advice. It has been recommended to me to use:
    50# Rolled oats
    50# Barley
    50# Rice Bran (something used mostly in the equine world-I have a goat who has skin problems and this has helped him A LOT so I need to keep this in my mix)
    25# BOSS
    Is this a good recipe? Thanks
     
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  2. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    If you do a search on homemade grain mix, you should find some good recipes.
     

  3. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    It's best not to feed wethers grain at all. Might try alfalfa pellets for treats and when on the stand.
    A quality grass hay and alfalfa source along with quality loose minerals is good.
    Learning the ca: phos ratio can be a brain killer..I know it was for me. I have an article on this on my website
    Happybleatsdairygoats.weebly.com
    There is also a few feed mix recipes on there
     
  4. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    No that’s not a good mix at all it’s extremely high in phosphorus.
     
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  5. goathiker

    goathiker I'm watching you Staff Member Supporting Member

    Try this instead
    100 lbs whole oats
    50 lbs rolled barley
    50 lbs stabilized calcium corrected rice bran
    150 lbs sun dried pure alfalfa pellets
    50 lbs beet pulp pellets

    This is balanced...
     
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  6. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Do you have the exact calcium to phosphorus ratio of this calculated?

    What is the individual calcium to phosphorus of rice bran? And what does calcium corrected mean?
     
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  7. goathiker

    goathiker I'm watching you Staff Member Supporting Member

    You can't calculate the exact of any crop unless you are right there to test the field, know the farm's spraying schedule, and the ripening process of the area.
    If the individual ingredients run true then this will be between 2 to 1 and 3 to 1 ratio. It should be around 12 to 14 percent protein.
    Calcium corrected rice bran is rice bran with added calcium carbonate.
     
  8. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Thank you :)