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Goats are one of the oldest domesticated species and are used for their milk, meat, hair and skins. Female goats are referred to as does, intact males as bucks or billies and their offspring are kids.
Feeding Programs/Management

GENERAL GOAT FEEDING GUIDELINES

1. There is no one best ration for any purpose. One must make use of the most cost effective raw materials available. Preferably use home grown or locally purchased ingredients.
2. Proper feeding requires more than one pen or pasture so that goats can be grouped and moved around.
3. Forage should provide the majority of nutrients for goats.
4. Forages are the greatest variable so one should know the quality of the pasture.
5. Do not feed more than 700 grams of concentrate feed at one feeding.
6. Start by feeding 150 grams of concentrate per day and gradually increase the level so the rumen can adjust.
7. Don’t overfeed replacement females. Fattening can have a negative impact on future reproduction and milk production.
8. Always make sure you have enough feeder space.
9. Minimise competition between animals.
10. Use feeders for all feedstuffs, feed and hay
11. Know what your animals weigh.
12. Weigh your feed to know how much you are feeding and how much it is costing you.
13. REMEMBER – What you cannot MEASURE, you cannot MANAGE.

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Does
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Kids
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