Vitamin B-Complex Question

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by FabiusDairyGoatFarms, Nov 23, 2020.

  1. FabiusDairyGoatFarms

    FabiusDairyGoatFarms New Member

    Nov 23, 2020
    I give my goats selenium and vitamin B1 every month. My issue is the price of the B1 for my herd. A tube with 6 doses is 16 dollars and I have 8 goats to dose. If I only give it once a month that is at least 96 doses per year at $2.6 per dose so that is 250 dollars per year just to give them B1.

    I'm trying to cut costs a little and was wondering if human "super vitamin b-complex" would work for them? 250 tablets was like $10.00-15.00 dollars I think. There's 100 mg of thiamine per pill.

  2. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    I've never heard of of giving vitamin B regularly. I could be wrong, but I would think you could cut it out entirely. I would keep injectable vitamin b complex on hand, but only use it in the case of a health issue.

    Welcome to the forum by the way. We love having you.:wave:

  3. AndersonRanch

    AndersonRanch Well-Known Member

    Oct 17, 2020
    This!!! The only time I have heard, and have personally done, or giving b regularly to healthy animals is like show wethers, especially during the summer, when one is trying to pretty much encourage a animal to eat more and gain more weight/ condition. Other then that the only time I ever give it is when a animal is sick or totally off feed. So this is one expense I say go ahead and cut out ;)
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  4. 21goaties

    21goaties Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2018
    South GA
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  5. 21goaties

    21goaties Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2018
    South GA
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  6. I agree - why would you give it regularly. I always keep some on hand but seldom use it, only if there is a health issue.
    I also only give selenium is needed.
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  7. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    Is your selenium a paste?
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  8. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Giving selenium daily is concerning. Don’t over dose it.
    Overdosing and deficiency looks the same.

    Fortified vit b complex is good for goats, must be injected.
    Usually used when goats are sick or not feeling well.
    It doesn’t have to be used daily for the purpose of just because.
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  9. goatblessings

    goatblessings Fair-Haven Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2015
    Southwest Ohio
    I think she said monthly ...... but I would be very careful giving selenium monthly as well, unless you don't inject Bo-Se and opt for replamin. A good loose mineral should be provided, but I don't use B unless I have a sick animal, or another issue.
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  10. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    I agree that vitamin B should be kept as an injectable on hand but not needed to give regularly.
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  11. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    Selenium paste is designed to gice once a month. So if that is what's used its fine.
    B1 is thiamine and used when rumen is sluggish and if polio or listeriosis is a concern. Oral will do next to nothing as much is lost. So I would think stopping its use won't cause any harm. As mentioned grab some injectable B complex for days your goats need the support.
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  12. artzkat

    artzkat Member

    Oct 22, 2007
    West Virginia
    Vitamin B is a a water soluble vitamin, quickly metabolized, so overdosing or stopping it suddenly is not really an issue...but if not needed certainly is a waste of money and effort. For emergency the injectable is always preferred. There are a couple of oral vitamin B gel products available if you really feel the need to give B on a regular basis, that you can give once a month or so. I know in the winter my gang seems to benefit from it along with a dose of Replamin monthly to supplement their free choice minerals.
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