Silage. Ok for Boers or not?

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by agilitymaster01, Oct 13, 2014.

  1. agilitymaster01

    agilitymaster01 Rose Creek Acres

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    Sep 25, 2013
    La Crescent, MN
    I have heard yes they can have hay and corn silage, and I have heard no they cannot. Please, help me figure this out. ;)
     
  2. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    I would not recommend it....silage can mold quickly and many known cases of listeriosis come from eating silage...
     

  3. agilitymaster01

    agilitymaster01 Rose Creek Acres

    376
    Sep 25, 2013
    La Crescent, MN
    What about raw soy beans. I have heard yes and no there too.
     
  4. kccjer

    kccjer New Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    NW Kansas
    From having cattle and feeding silage: silage is acidic and can cause a lot of tooth wear. I don't know about the rest of it, but because of the way it is stored it CAN have a lot of mold if it isn't packed right.

    Raw soybeans have a tryptophan inhibitor that will kill pigs. I don't know how it affects goats but everytime I see them as a feed, they are roasted.
     
  5. lottsagoats1

    lottsagoats1 Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Middle Maine
    I used to feed corn and grass silage to my dairy goats when I had a dairy farm. Never had a problem with it, but we made sure it was put up correctly and didn't have a mold problem. We used the Harvestor air tight silos and it was packed very tight.

    I've heard raw soybeans are a big no-no.
     
  6. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    I would skip both...the risk is too high
     
  7. J-TRanch

    J-TRanch J-T.Ranch.Dairy.Goats

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    Jan 31, 2014
    Clayton, KS
    I would also not feed it. We have tons of cows and steer clear of it also.

    About 100 head down here now along with 25 goats and pigs.

    Silage isn't all it's cut out to be.


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