Grain (concentrate) is low in fiber and higher in energy than hay (roughage). Concentrates come from the seeds of a plant. Examples of concentrates include corn, wheat, oats or barley.
Don’t feed your goat too much grain!
- Too much grain can cause an acidic condition in the goat’s rumen called acidosis.
- Too much grain to a pregnant doe during the first 100 days of gestation can result in kids that are too large-boned to be delivered.
- 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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