This page will be a slow work in progress but if you have any goat questions feel free to ask us on Facebook. If you ask a horse person whats the best way to do things, every one will tell you something different and that goes for goats as well. No two things are going to work the same for any herd because there can be so many different variables.
Our basic management starts with the best Rye hay we can find, to us it gives the milk an extra sweetness plus being in high protein and higher in calcium its more economical (not to mention cuts cost) than feeding additional grain. Alfalfa will drive up cost greatly and my goats are not that fond of it, however we have had great success using South Dakota alfalfa or perennial peanut hay.
As far as grain we prefer just that grain, I don't like anything but alfalfa, beet pulp or rice bran in pellets. Working with major feed manufactures I quickly learned that they changed ingredients to cut cost and used fillers that only added more manure to the pile. We personally use an all grain product mixed 1/2 and 1/2 with alfalfa pellets and 20lbs to 100lbs black oil sunflower seeds, many times over the years we have tried to cut cost or even use pellets and we always come back to that recipe.
Worming we do fecals regularly to ensure we are for one breeding resistant goats, two because it makes no sense to worm for one type when your goat (any animal) may have another, your wasting time, money and the animal guessing. Our drug of choice is Cydectin Injectable and we personally use it as an injection after seeing several southern herds have great success against barber pole worm by using it this way in addition to copper bolusing.
Coccidia cost producers in the southern region thousands of dollars and kill an untold amount of kids every year. Us southern ranchers don't get the freezes we need to help kill off the population, then get warm wet weather that is Coccidia Utopia. We hate dosing the kids with dimethox, personally it taste bad and I have never got a whole does down a kid 2 days in a row then the kids are scared of me, corid is a joke and we jumped on the Baycox wagon however we trusted it worked and almost lost half our kid crop last year. We now use Marquies once a month for the first few months, yes its expensive but it is what it is, you can only hope when products that come from overseas are what they say they are.
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