Mine have always done well on Blue Seal feed...usually 16-18% as well as free range browse and mixed grass hay...never had bad tasting milk yet....except the time they all found a patch of wild garlic...dogs got that round of milk :ROFL:
i feed three different things for my grain, they get rolled barley rolled corn and rolled oats. I have them in three different containers so i can mix according to each goats needs. I dont like adding corn at all in their diet but they need a little maintain weight. i use as little as possible. INstead of BOSS i use flax seed, its a lot more a bag, but they only need a tablespoon of it twice a day, i grind it up in a coffee grider about once a week and i have a small ziploc on top of the rest of it in the container. It goes a lot further then BOSS does. it makes their coats shiny and they seem to be maintaing weight really well. I lso feed an orchard grass alfalfa mix hay. The milk i get tastes great. I have some people who say eww to goat milk try that and then try store bought cow milk and they always say the goat milk is the cow milk. they are amazed when they find out they're wrong.
Thanks for the suggestions! I like the idea of flax seed. Just looked at it at the feed store yesterday, it is $40 a bag around here, is that about what you pay? Awful spendy, but then again, BOSS is very expensive here too. . . .
Flax seed runs about $46 a bag for a fifty lb bag, BOSS is $22 for a fourty lb bag, but when you figure un two table spoons twice a day per goat of flax, as to one cup twice a day of BOSS, the flax will last A LOT longer.
FC Nubian: What kind of grain do u feed? Is the milk from your does for human consumption? We noticed funny tasting milk when we fed a certain type of feed. Unfortunately, that feed is fairly inexpensive, the only one that is inexpensive. I don't know what COB goes for in other areas, but around here it's about $14 a bag now at the feed store. :sigh:
The premixed Blue Seal brand that I get is 16% and is a pellet/oats/crimped corn sweetmix....I get this at TSC and it runs 12.00 for 50# my goats thrive on it and it's just easier and simpler for me to get/use...then again I have an eight goat herd with 2 milkers and 2 kids so feed management is a bit easier.
Any more try to shop close to home meaning across the river in Longview. Have several large feed stores that are fairly close together so try to keep up on prices and which of their items I like and don't like. Still haven't found a good goat mineral. Just feeding a sweetlix sheep and goat. Would love to find a goat mineral good for my area. When I bought my buck the breeders used a mineral mix that Lauren Acton recommended/worked on for the area? But I don't get to Portland that often and I don't remember where it was sold.
Oh yes, I'd love to get a good goat mineral. We've been using the SweetLix brand too. We used the Purina Goat Mineral for a while, (you can get it in Cornelius or Wilco) I don't really like that one too much, I like the SweetLix better, don't really know why. The SweetLix is labeled for meat goats (only one I could find) - is that okay for dairy goats??? It seems like it would be but I don't know. . . .
I love Dr. Acton, she is so cool!! We're fortunate enough to be close to where she works. She helped one of our pygmies in a bad kidding once, she is such an awesome goat vet. Just love her. Anyways, thanks for the tips!