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.

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