Goats Feeding

DAIRY GOAT NUTRITION

Our goats are raised in the stable following an intensive method and, except for the winter period, they are let out to pasture approximately two hours daily.
Their feed is composed of: 1st or 2nd cutting of dairy quality meadow hay; alfalfa hay; prepared mixed feed containing flaked corn, barley flakes, flaked soy, high-protein peas, broad beans and carob; during lactation additional soy is added; vitamin and mineral supplement; red beet pulp during lactation; flax seed or sunflower seed during the summer months.

LACTATION

During lactation the goats receive 3 daily meals, during which they are enclosed, and fed:
-4h mixed grain (until the month of July, then slowly decreased)
-1h soy
-2-3 h red beet pulp
-PS hay from the 1st and 2nd cutting, with alfalfa hay.
During the summer they are given flax seed or sunflower seed to maintain a good milk fat content.
4th GESTATION MONTH: only PS hay for the first half of the month, then hay with 3h mixed grain.
5° GESTATION MONTH: PS hay + 4h mixed feed + 1h soy.

KID NUTRITION

The kids chosen for breeding are fed farm colostrum heat-treated at 56°C for 1 hour because the stable is not certified CAEV. The 1st day two meals of heat-treated colostrum are given, the 2nd and 3rd days a meal of colostrum + a meal of powdered milk, after which they are only fed powdered milk. The kids destined for slaughter are fed non-thermised colostrum and goat’s milk for the first week, after which they are fed powdered milk.

DRYING UP THE DOES

This takes place towards the end of November. The does go from two to one milking a day and contemporaneously protein sources are eliminated from the diet (alfalfa hay and soy);
4 days before the drying up the mixed feed is eliminated. Once the milking is stopped, the teats are disinfected with antibiotic suppositories and the nipples are sealed with propolis.

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