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Hi everyone. I just wanted to tell you about a new goat product I got from Tractor Supply that just came out or at least in my area. It is a rasberry billy goat block. My goats love it! They will not use a salt block or mineral block. I use a mineral mix in a trough but this new rasberry block they go crazy for. I guess it is because it is very sweet smelling. Just wanted to share.
 

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I'll have to do it on Friday because I threw the label away when I put the blocks up. I am going to get feed Friday and will let you know then.
 

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I do believe my agway started to carry that same block as well. It seemed pretty good from the lable that I quickly read. I was happy to see something specific to goats there.

The owner actually pointed it out to me and seemed pleased with herself for carrying something that I would use. So even if I don't use it frequently I know I will buy one to support the effort
 

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I as well, purchased 3 of those blocks, One for my goats and the other 2 for fellow freinds goats. The goats just love them, And of course the smell was wonderful, So i couldnt pass the chance up to taste it myself, but it doesnt taste like berries. It tastes like salt! DUH

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My goats love the Dumor goat mineral blocks. They at it like candy. Mine don't seem to like the loose mineral as much.
 

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Mine will not eat the blocks at all, but they go crazy for this rasberry block. I guess it is the sweet smell. Mine love the loose minerals. I keep two buckets of it and I also add baking soda and they eat whatever they want.
 

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Just be careful. I had a tub that the goats ate, and they liked it so much that it almost poisoned them because of to much mineral that they were getting. They had a over load, but they liked it so much that they would not leave the bucket.
 

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Mine love sweetlix blocks and dumor blocks but it was cheaper for me to get sweetlix loose minerals. I got a 20 lb bag for $10 at my feed store...they didn't have it priced but gave it to me for that. I give them free choice and baking soda as well and they eat them when they are fresh and when they need them. My bucks won't touch the loose minerals, I don't know why but I offer it and because I don't have a big shelter for them, I have to leave the feeders out in the rain so I can't leave theirs out free choice. Sweetlix is a great mineral and I reccomend it to anyone that doesn't have horses or donkeys or sheep since equine can't have ruminsen and it is in the minerals, you can buy it without that in it.
 

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kelebek said:
Mine will not touch the blocks either! The loose mineral - I end up wasting more then they will eat because they pick through their grain rations.
try just leaving it out free choice in a feeder.

This way they can eat it when they want and you don't waste it :D

if you have a TSC they carry these little black mineral feeders - if not go to http://www.jefferslivestock.com and search for mineral feeders and you will find the same one. It is black and has two compartments - it is like 3.00 +-

I have two in my shed
 

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Mom works at our local TSC, so when she got off of work today she bought two blocks. Here it is called Berry Bush made by Billy Goat. All the goats I let try liked it, except for Libby....she wasn't too interested which surprised me! I was going to bring in the label tonight to give you guys the ingredients, but forgot it! :roll: I'll try to remember it tomorrow morning if someone else hasn't got it on here by then. :D Mom also got some goat treats made by MannaPro.....licorice flavored....boy do the goats LOVE that stuff! They are pellets. I had some apple flavored horse treats by MannaPro which smelled the same as licorice...they liked those too! But the ones for goats will be good for kids learning to eat treats....as the horse treats are kind of big for a kid.
 

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I told you guys wrong.....it's made by HerdLife and called Billy Block(not Billy Goat) and flavored Berry Bush.

Ingredients:
Salt, Dicalcium, Phosphate, Manganous Oxide, Forrous Carbonate, Magnesium Oxide, Calcium Sulfate, Copper Oxide, Cobalt Carbonate, Zinc Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Iron Oxide, Colorant, Natural and Artificial Berry Flavors added.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Calcium (Ca) Min............................0.46%
Calcium (Ca) Max...........................0.56%
Phosphorus (P) Min..........................0.50%
Salt (NaCl) Min..............................93.00%
Salt (NaCl) Max.............................98.00%
Iron (Fe) Min..............................1000 ppm
Zinc (Zn) Min.................................80 ppm
Magnesium (Mg) Min........................0.10%
Manganese (Mn) Min...................1600 ppm
Copper (Cu) Min..........................250 ppm
Cobalt (Co) Min.............................80 ppm
Sulfer (S) Min..............................500 ppm
Iodine (I) Min................................60 ppm
 

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The Calc:phos ratio is 1:1, which I think its supposed to be 2:1(or the other way around, I forget) The copper is a bit low, and the sulfur seems a bit high, but I don't know what the sulfur amounts should be.

My goats never liked the blocks, we have always fed loose minerals.
 

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That might be fine to have as another choice, but I would stick to the loose mineral also. They will not eat it long enough to get the minerals that they need. I do believe it will be ok for them as a choice. BUT watch that they do not just eat it for ever.
 
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