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Livestock => Goats => Topic started by: Gunestone on August 22, 2019, 09:52:47 am

Title: Feeding Goats on Pasture
Post by: Gunestone on August 22, 2019, 09:52:47 am
Hello,

We currently have a milking nanny and her two kids being fed 2lbs of dairy nuts per day. She is also out on pasture, with plenty of browse and clover. I'm considering getting two more nannies to help keep the pasture down, as it is far too large for just the one. However, I would not be milking these two and would let them rear their kids themselves. My question is whether they would need additional hard feed, and if so how much, with unlimited pasture/hay. Breeds I am considering are GG's, Anglo Nubians or just cross breeds. Any thoughts appreciated.
Title: Re: Feeding Goats on Pasture
Post by: Zyg on August 22, 2019, 12:36:53 pm
We have a dozen goats that are out on pasture and are also helping keep down brambles, nettles and other random vegetation.
We give them some molychop and a bit of goat mix in the evening and I wonder if we need to as they come in from the field looking like they are about to give birth to quins!
We milk 4 of them, the rest are either too young or male.
Title: Re: Feeding Goats on Pasture
Post by: macgro7 on August 22, 2019, 07:06:46 pm
We had a goat slaughtered that was 18 months old. Only fed brambles, ivy, pasture grass and a handful of oats a day. And she was faaaaaaaaat!!!
She never gave birth and therefore was never milked however.