When deciding on what to feed goats settle on what your goat or herd likes best. When raising goats, feed is the requirement with the highest cost. It is very important to feed goats properly. The type of feed and feeding procedure affect dairy production, reproduction of goats and growth of young goats. The critical periods for doe nutrition are late lactation and late gestation. Goats that are sickly, fail to receive enough nutrition. Proper care is not given to goats that are incapable of meeting their required function.
Here are the basics on what to feed goats. Goats must be fed with around 14 to 16 percent protein grain mix. Consider feeding your herds from a hanging hayrack or use a feeder. This procedure will prevent goats from messing the hay. Goats must be provided with adequate amount of hay. The feeder to be provided to goats must be sufficient for them so they don’t soil their feed. Consider giving them a mineral block or mineral mix. Most beginners in goat farming, aside from asking what to feed goats, also ask how often goats should be fed. Goats must be fed once or twice a day. Also consider plotting a schedule on when to feed the goats depending on their purpose. For instance, in the case of a milking doe that is being milked twice, it has to be fed twice as well. Otherwise, your milking doe cannot provide enough milk if it is not properly nourished. The farm owner’s knowledge on what to feed goats is evident in the health condition of the goat. Check your goat’s hair, eyes and growth for indications if the feed being provided matches their needs.