Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Jabe Thomas
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Dairy Goat Feed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jabe Thomas Jun 7. 2 Replies

I've been feeding my lactating does DuMor Sweet Feed for a couple of years. I add BOSS and top dress it with kelp. Quite often, the does will leave behind the pelleted part of the feed. Umbarger…Continue

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Free-Choice Selenium Bucket

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle May 7. 2 Replies

I've read several posts/threads about a selenium bucket, and Deborah even provided a link to it from Caprine Supply. However, most of those threads were from c. 2014, and it seems as if Caprine…Continue

Tags: health, BoSe, selenium

Whole vs. Rolled Oats

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Apr 27. 3 Replies

Any preference between whole and rolled oats as part of a grain mix for does? It seems the internet has mixed views. Go figure. If anyone has an opinion, I'd love to hear it.Continue

Penning pregnant does together

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 20. 1 Reply

Is it OK to pen two pregnant does together who are going to be kidding close to the same time? The pen is plenty big enough for two does. I suppose I could split it, but would rather not. Thanks in…Continue

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Jabe Thomas replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Dairy Goat Feed
"Thanks as always Deborah :)"
Jun 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Dairy Goat Feed
"It has about half as much copper as the Dumor Sweet Feed for goats, which is not good.  Second, it has fish meal in it.  Goats are vegetarians. Rumens are not made to digest animal products. I personally would not trust a company that…"
Jun 7
Jabe Thomas posted a discussion

Dairy Goat Feed

I've been feeding my lactating does DuMor Sweet Feed for a couple of years. I add BOSS and top dress it with kelp. Quite often, the does will leave behind the pelleted part of the feed. Umbarger makes a dairy goat feed and doesn't really have pelleted material in it. I have attached images of the nutritional analysis. If someone could critique the Umbarger feed for me, that'd be great. I've got a couple bags that I'll mix in with the DuMor stuff, and want to know if it's worth transitioning…See More
Jun 6
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Free-Choice Selenium Bucket
"Ditto on what Judy said. That's also what I've started using."
May 7
Judy H replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Free-Choice Selenium Bucket
"Fertrell has a Selenium/Vit E product similar to what Caprine Supply used to carry. You will not see it listed on their website.  But my local feed store/livestock supply store called them and ordered it for me.   There are some links in…"
May 6
Jabe Thomas posted a discussion

Free-Choice Selenium Bucket

I've read several posts/threads about a selenium bucket, and Deborah even provided a link to it from Caprine Supply. However, most of those threads were from c. 2014, and it seems as if Caprine Supply no longer carries the selenium bucket. Any chance anyone here knows where you can purchase the free choice selenium/vit. E bucket. I have attached a link to an online store selling it, but it's $50/5lbs (w/o shipping)?? Hoping it's a little cheaper somewhere else :).…See More
May 4
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Whole vs. Rolled Oats
"I've seen 1 pound of grain per 3 pounds of milk produced."
Apr 27
Jabe Thomas replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Whole vs. Rolled Oats
"Deborah: Thanks for the advice. I'm not necessarily wanting to mix my own grain, just "top dress" it a little, I guess. I've begun using Chaffhaye... mixing it with DuMor Sweet Feed. I also add about 1/2 cup to a cup of the Mana…"
Apr 20
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Whole vs. Rolled Oats
"If you're talking about mixing your own grain, I don't recommend it. It's much more complicated to feed goats than cattle or horses. We tried mixing our own using organic grain and Fertrell's goat feed additive, and the results…"
Mar 27
Jabe Thomas posted a discussion

Whole vs. Rolled Oats

Any preference between whole and rolled oats as part of a grain mix for does? It seems the internet has mixed views. Go figure. If anyone has an opinion, I'd love to hear it.See More
Mar 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Penning pregnant does together
"Yes, that's fine. When we had our first three does, all due within a week of each other, we had them in a stall together, and it worked fine. Since goats are herd animals, they'd be freaked out if you separated them."
Mar 20
Jabe Thomas posted a discussion

Penning pregnant does together

Is it OK to pen two pregnant does together who are going to be kidding close to the same time? The pen is plenty big enough for two does. I suppose I could split it, but would rather not. Thanks in advance.
Mar 19
Michael Garwood replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Bottle Baby Routines
"We have now bottle raised eleven kids. This was necessary because the kids were the result of embryo transfers and we didn't want the "wild" surrogates to raise the kids. What we did required us to be VERY observant so as to be able…"
Mar 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Bottle Baby Routines
"Goat milk is best. Beyond that, you'll hear people argue all day long about what to feed. We've used milk replacer, and we've used whole milk from the store, and we had equally OK results with both. Without mom's antibodies in…"
Mar 10
Jabe Thomas posted a discussion

Bottle Baby Routines

Hello: Looking for some of you to share your bottle baby routines/processes... like:1. what do you use as milk replacer2. how often, and how much should the baby be fed2. can the bottle baby be kept with the others, or must it be kept separate and what does your experience look like3. how long does a bottle baby need to be fed and looked afterThanks a bunch!See More
Mar 10
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Zinc Deficiency in my Buck
"If it was only a 2 gram bolus, then yes, you can safely give him another copper bolus now, especially with that reddish coat. My goats get 4 grams of copper about every 4 months because we have a lot of sulfur and iron in our well water. Hair loss…"
Jan 30

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