Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Feeding a Pregnant Doe

You can find a whole bunch of reading when it comes to diet and feed ration for goats. The advise that you are about to get is conservative and the result of “lessons learned” from common mistakes made by others in the past.

Don’t feed your pregnant doe too much grain!
  • Too much grain can cause an acidic condition in the goat’s rumen called acidosis.
  • Too much grain during the first 100 days of gestation can result in kids that are too large-boned to be delivered.

Mature does should get about 1 pound of grain each day.
  • One pound of grain each day is for a 100-pound goat.
  • A 200-pound goat should get 2 pounds of grain daily.
Pregnant does, in the last 50 days of gestation should get about one and a half pounds of grain each day.
  • 1.5 pound of grain each day is for a 100-pound pregnant goat.
  • A 200-pound pregnant goat should get 3 pounds of grain daily.
When making changes to a goat’s diet, do it very slowly.
  • Any change in feeding amounts or practices should take a full week of gradual daily changes.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Don't Dump Your Livestock Tank Heater

How to Clean You Tank Heater
To keep all of my goats, horses, rabbits and chickens happy here in Palmer, Alaska, I keep 6 livestock water tanks heated during our long winters. I used to just trash my old tank heaters when they started to look crusty and began to loose heating power. Now I recondition them.

1. Mineral deposits that build on the heating elements are alkaline in nature and need a good soaking in a solution that is acidic. Vinegar, lemon or lime juice are all mild acids and can be used.

2. After removing the wire mount from the heating unit, place it in a container with the vinegar, and lemon/lime solution. Do not use water. This should soak for 12 hours or more.

3. Good as new!

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Heated Water Bucket - How to Build
Goat Water System
How to Build a Milking Stand
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