Thursday, May 21, 2009

Goat Feed Recipe

* Here is an email that I printed from one of my dairy groups. It is the only recipe I have been able to find for homemade feed. It will give me a place to start. Although, this is a very large quantity, it can be made in smaller amounts pretty easily.
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We have a mix of goats: Boers, La Manch, Alpine and Saanens. Here is our recipes that we
have been using for the past 8 years with good results. One of our Amish neighbors mixes things up for us. All the items are non-GMO.

300 lbs. whole corn
300 lbs. crimped oats
100 lbs. linseed pallets
100 lbs. alfalfa
100 lbs. steamed Barley
50 lbs. sunflower seeds with Hulls
44 lbs. wet molasses
20-25 lbs. Redmond salt
25 Fertrell Rumicult (minerals and probiotics)

Once a week we free-choice Kelp and they love it!....

15 comments:

  1. Hi Mischaun. Can you tell me more about this feed recipe? Do you personally make it or have it made up in smaller batches?

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  2. I measure it all out by parts. I don't know if you have ever done this kind of measuring but can be tricky if you get the hang of it. I am not very exact with it personally and right now they get alfalfa hay. My grain mix is corn, oats and barley. Or you can do oats, barley and wheat. Plus, some Black Oil Sunflower Seeds with hulls. It is hard to nail people down to exact measurements because everyone varies things with their goats. This is hard if you are new to goats. For the other stuff, I give kelp, which can be free choice if you prefer. I get it from Hoegger and follow the measurements they recommend. I get minerals from Hoegger also. I believe the salt is in the minerals. Flax or Linseed I give 1 Tbsp. per feeding when I am mixing feeds. Please ask if you want more info on feeding. I really stuggled with this when I started and would be happy to help.

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  3. One more comment to add. I mix this is small batches. 3 parts, 3 parts, 1 part, etc.

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  4. Thank you! That answered all my questions...

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  5. Do you store your feed in buckets to use later or mix it up right before feeding?

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  6. I like to mix it up right before I feed. It's not that much work and I can make sure everything is fresh.

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  7. Where do you get the linseed pellets? Are oat groats OK? Are these alfalfa pellets? How is the barley steamed and why?

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  8. Barley can be hard to digest. I don't steam it before using it. I figure that it gets predigested in the rumen. I just used linseed or flax seed, not pellets. I don't like pellets because they expand when they get to the rumen and can make poop ploppy. Some people use them, but mine don't like them.

    I don't use this recipe anymore because I found a very good organic chicken feed that I use as a base. I add scratch grains, minerals and kelp. This is a lot cheaper and makes a complete feed!

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  9. Can you tell me more about what you are using now? What's in the chicken feed, what kind of minerals and scratch grain and where to get the kelp?

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  10. I am also interested in this feed. can you share the name? Thank you!!

    ~Namaste

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  11. You can find the feed from Pat Bury with High Altitude Organics in Colorado. Here is her email address patsy@highaltitudeorganics.com. I also use their sweet feed for cows and chickens.

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  12. Because we buy directly from the farmer who doesn't use any GMO grains and grows it here in Colorado. He uses heirloom variety of wheat and no corn. The other grains haven't been produced with GMO technology and therefore are not yet contaminated.

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