Goat Feed

Nutrition exerts a very large influence on flock reproduction, milk production and kid growth. Nutrition, or feeding, is the single largest cost associated with raising goats, typically accounting for 60 percent or more of total production costs. A goat’s nutritional requirements can be met by feeding a variety of feedstuffs into an acceptable and palatable ration to meet nutrient requirements. Feed ingredients can substitute for one another as long as the animals’ nutritional requirements are being met. Goats require energy, protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber and water. Energy measured in calories usually is the most limiting nutrient, whereas protein is the most expensive. Deficiencies, excesses and imbalances of vitamins and minerals can limit animal performance and lead to various health problems. Fiber is necessary to maintain a healthy rumen environment and prevent digestive upsets