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Goat Fodder.
Goat Fodder.

Goat Fodder Information For Beginners

Goat Fodder Information:

 Introduction to Goat Fodder and Feed: Basically, goats are browsers standing in their hind limbs, they always like to pluck tender leafy twigs of herbs, trees that are small trees. Goats have special feeding habits due to their prehensile tongue and movable upper lip. In comparison to other domestic animals, goats have unique preferences for shrubs and shrub leaves. Goats select from a wider collection of plants, particularly woody plants. The goat is recognized as a mobile pruning machine which modified bushy shrubs and thereby increased the accessibility of cattle to more nutritious forage. This observation of synergistic effects between animal species has led to widespread acceptance of combination grazing.

Goats consuming approximately the identical weight of forage DM as do cows of similar size. It had been suggested that goats will eat more forage if they have access to the more favored species. Field observations indicate that goats under browse conditions perform better. Devendra (1975) found that voluntary intake by goats diminished since the forage matured. The result is overcome partially by chopping and pelleting the forage.

Goats browse typically contain higher levels of CP and P during the growing season than do grasses, however, a lot of these contain one or more inhibitors which may bind or otherwise prevent utilization of nutrient contained in the plants, e.g. lignin, silica, tannin. Essential oils (terpene-based organic compounds) are present at relatively high amounts in certain variety shrubs and apparently inhibit the growth of rumen bacteria. There is growing evidence that many of the grasses, shrubs, and tree leaves are chosen by goats are of high nutritional value.

Goats are reported to be less sensitive than other ruminants to the toxic effects of

Common Goat Feed and Goat Fodder:

Shrub renders: Babul, neem, pipal, mango, Prosopis, gliricidia, mulberry, subabul, alfalfa, banyan, etc.. These tree foliage are also known as a top feed.

Goat Grazing.
Goat Grazing.

Cereal fodders: Maize / Corn, Jowar, Oats, etc..

Dry feeds Dry pods of babul (acacia), Prosopis juliflora, rain tree,  cereal straws, legumes straws (groundnut haulms, g straw), g husk and g waste.

A completely free choice lick of this mineral mixture has to be kept in goat sheds.

The kids should be allowed to suck its dam for the three or four days so that they can get a good number of colostrums. Colostrum feeding is the main factor in limiting kid losses. The effectiveness of the transport of immunoglobulins from colostrums to kid’s plasma is a function of antibody concentration, level of colostrums intake by the kid and time of consumption in relation to birth. Kids may eliminate the ability to absorb immunoglobulins from colostrums 20-28 Hours after birth, but there is an evidence that the ability persists longer in traveling kids. It has been reported that colostrums may be stored in a deep freezer for up to two years and remain immunologically effective; Additional, cow colostrums is also efficient for lambs and kids. Colostrum is given at the rate of 100 ml per kg live weight. Immunoglobulins are thermosensitive. Therefore, during thawing, the temperature of colostrums shouldn’t be raised above 50°C. Colostrum may be maintained with 1 to 1.5% (vol/wt) propionic acid or 0.1 percent formaldehyde. Propionic acid is favored for preservation as it keeps the pH value low. The chemically treated colostrums are kept in a cool place to guarantee better quality.

After 3 or 4 days old, they should be squeezed just for a brief period to let the milk down. The final stripping needs to be done by keeping the kids with their moms for an hour or so after milking. The number of offspring produced by goats is higher than sheep. In some forms of goats like black Bengal twinning and triplets are quite common. The non-descript breeds of goats can create just sufficient milk for your offspring only under the typical condition of feed distribution. These goats produce between 0.4 to 0.5 kg of milk daily.

The kids start nibbling the grasses out of 2 weeks of age. Creep feed is also introduced at the same time. These assist the rapid growth of the kids and hasten the progression of the rumen.

Goat Fodder – Feeding schedule to get a kid from Birth to 90 Days.

Age of Kids Dam’s milk or cow milk (ml)  Creep Feed (g)         Forage, green/day (gram)

  • 1 to 3 days Colostrum 300 ml, 3 Feedings      –           –
  • 4 to 14 days 350 ml, 3 feedings   –           –
  • 15 to 30 days 350 ml, 3 feedings   A Little            A Little
  • 31 to 60 days 400 ml, two feedings           100-150         Free choice
  • 61 to 91 days 200 ml, 2 feedings   200-250         Free choice

*If milk is fed by the bottle, then it should be fed in the body temperature of the kid.

Two types of creep mixtures may be offered depending on the type of the roughage available, a creep feed with 12% DCP and 70 percent TDN has to be offered.

Goat Fodder – Feeding of Goats

Man kids are castrated at 3 to 4 weeks old. This improves the growth rate and carcass quality. The expected growth rate us between 70 to 100g per day from weaning to slaughter. The slaughter weight is 25 to 35 kg for smaller and bigger breeds. But they are slaughtered at lower weights.

Feeding of goats to get different physiological functions, such as reproduction and lactation needs to be done. Fantastic quality fodders containing 6% DCP and 62% TDN are needed to nourish gestating and lactating does. Goats beneath an intensive method of feeding stall feeding of goats might be performed profitably with complete feeds. Poor quality straws such as Jowar stover/maize stover are ammoniated (by urea hydrolysis) and such treated straws are mixed with targets. Goats are considered to be a better converter of fibrous feeds into chevon (goat meat) and milk of high biological value. Several unconventional roughages and concentrates are incorporated in complete feeds and efficiently employed for economic meat and milk production.

It is similar to that observed in sheep. Symptoms are diarrhea, depression, lack of coordination, digestive upsets, coma, and death. These are detected after an excessive feeding of infant kids and older animals. Prevention is by vaccination. The best prevention in stable-fed goats is regular feeding of milk, grain, and forage in tiny quantities. Changes of targets and forages in the ratio should be introduced slowly over a few days. Ketosis and parturient paresis (milk fever) can also be detected.

Bottom Line of Goat Fodder:- You can feed homegrown green fodder or silage ( made from green fodder) as part of goat feed management practices. This also drastically reduces goat feed cost. You can read here about Silage Making. If you don’t have enough land to green fodder, you can try Hydroponic Fodder.

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