Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

Emily
  • Lake City, FL
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Feeding horse feed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emily Oct 11. 9 Replies

Does anyone here feed horse pellets instead of goat? I have been struggling with copper antagonists here like crazy and was getting very frustrated. I found out that the previous owners of our…Continue

Ugh. The waiting game.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emily Sep 25, 2016. 13 Replies

I recently bought a doe from a friend knowing that she was bred and that the date hadn't gotten written down. I know she's due at some point after this passed Saturday (8/27/16). We are in North FL…Continue

EmLab Pregnancy tests

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emily Jul 6, 2016. 3 Replies

I recently ordered pregnancy tests through EmLab and I wanted to share my exciting results!! It's the only test to my knowledge that uses urine. You add one mL of urine to the tube and if it turns…Continue

Hyperextended knees

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle May 5, 2016. 5 Replies

I have a doe whose front knees are hyper-extended and I was hoping someone here could help me figure out why. I've had so many different opinions I'm not sure what to do and I'm ready to throw the…Continue

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Emily replied to Emily's discussion Feeding horse feed
"I found this an interesting read. I can't wait to read what you have to say about it as well! https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/livestock-biosecurity/cobalt-deficiency-sheep-and-cattleUltraCruz makes a cobalt bolus, and while I'm not…"
Oct 11
Emily replied to Emily's discussion Feeding horse feed
"It will certainly be an interesting experiment. I will update after a few months on Onyx with how it worked here. Thanks for your help!"
Oct 10
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emily's discussion Feeding horse feed
"I haven't had any experience with cobalt deficiency, so don't really know what they mean by affecting milk flavor. I'm putting cobalt deficiency on my list of things to research and write about next. Mineral deficiencies don't…"
Oct 10
Emily replied to Emily's discussion Feeding horse feed
"I just looked it up and there is a dealer 20 minutes from me! I'm going to be calling around tomorrow to see if I can get my hands on some. I was worried about the Calcium/Phosphorus ratio, but it is 1:1 just like the sweelix, so I should be…"
Oct 10
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emily's discussion Feeding horse feed
"I wouldn't try to add copper to the mineral you have. I'd look at other brands on the market that have more copper. A lot of people swear by Onyx, which is made by Cargill. It's a cattle mineral. You could see how the rest of those…"
Oct 9
Emily replied to Emily's discussion Feeding horse feed
"How would I go higher on the copper in the minerals? Should I add copper sulfate? I feel like I'm already coppering the heck out of them lol. I'm good with increasing Replamin, but is there any other way?"
Oct 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emily's discussion Feeding horse feed
"You could probably go a little higher on the copper in your minerals when you cut back on the grain, if you can find one that has all of the other ingredients you need. I know I hate to make any changes when I find something that works! You could…"
Oct 9
Emily replied to Emily's discussion Feeding horse feed
"It has a minimum of 1750 ppm of copper. It's formulated for goats on mostly alfalfa so it has extra phosphorus to help balance out the calcium. I have some lines of Nigerians who have issues with hyper-extending knees if not managed properly…"
Oct 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emily's discussion Feeding horse feed
"That's really exciting that you found something that works so well for your goats. How much copper is in your loose mineral?"
Oct 9
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Feeding horse feed

Does anyone here feed horse pellets instead of goat? I have been struggling with copper antagonists here like crazy and was getting very frustrated. I found out that the previous owners of our property were using sulfur powder to control the fire ant population, plus our well has heavy sulfur and iron. Commercial goat feeds weren't cutting it, home mixed feeds weren't either. I use COWP every 2-3 months, Replamin Gel Plus every week to two weeks and they have free-choice Sweetlix Caprine Magnum…See More
Oct 8
Emily replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion I did it! I milked her!
"That's great! I've had to do this with a couple of my girls. They were also the ones I had to bump every other squirt to get them to let down more milk lol. I like to play relaxing music from Pandora while I milk. Keeps everyone in a good…"
Oct 17, 2016
Emily liked Julieanne Cook's discussion I did it! I milked her!
Oct 17, 2016
Emily replied to Emily's discussion Ugh. The waiting game.
"She gets around really well and has no trouble nursing. I'll try her on a raised surface this afternoon and see how she does there. She can definitely see to some extent."
Sep 25, 2016
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emily's discussion Ugh. The waiting game.
"Typically if a kid was born with something odd, such as an extra teat, it's considered a fault in the show ring. If they acquire something odd, such as having half of an ear freeze off due to frost bite, it's not a problem. I'd ask a…"
Sep 24, 2016
Emily replied to Emily's discussion Ugh. The waiting game.
"Here's another picture of the Doeling's freaky eye. I still can't tell if she's able to see out of it or not, but she's nursing well and getting around okay so I guess it can't be too bad. Deborah, do you know if…"
Sep 23, 2016
Tamara Smith replied to Emily's discussion Ugh. The waiting game.
"Awesome! so cute!!!"
Sep 23, 2016

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