I was wondering if silage is okay for goats to eat? I live on a dairy farm and I know izzy likes to pick some up off the ground.. Would it be okay to feed her some?
http://www.tennesseemeatgoats.com/articles2/listeriosis.htmlListeriosis is brought on by feeding silage, suddenly changing type and kind of feed (grain or hay), parasitism, dramatic weather changes, and advanced stages of pregnancy.
It depends on how you are running your goat operation. Are you raising pasture goats or backyard goats? I would suggest reading a book by Greg Christiansen, Raising Meat Goats In A Commercial Operation. Greg really takes a hands off approach.I agree with Toth here. Goats are not born and raised in the wild. They have adapted to men caring for them . In the wild they have a variety of browse . As a kept animal they are fed. It is up to their care takers to provide balance for them.
This makes PERFECT SENSE!! Thanks for breaking it down..(so us men could understand).. lolol..On the changing diet question, that ones easy once you see the answer. In the wild, yes, goats browse different things over a large area BUT, different things grow at different times and they start out as a few leaves, a small shoot, a few blades of green grass, etc. During the time that the plants grow, the goat has plenty of time to add it to his diet in small and then ever increasing amounts. They never suddenly change their diet because a 6 foot bush doesn't just appear one day, it must grow. Same thing in the fall when the food gets very rich for the wild animals. The fruit, leaves, and seeds drop one two at a time and then more and more so the animal gets used to eating them. Nature does naturally what we must copy to keep from upsetting their systems.
Wild animals don't wander as far as you might think either. Most of them are born, live, and die within the same 10 square miles of area.