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Edible and Non-Edible Plants

http://www.dairygoatjournal.com/issues/87/87-2/plants_toxic_to_goats.html


Loose Minerals

Most people supplement their goats with free choice loose minerals.  Never feed sheep minerals to goats, as it does not contain copper.  Goats require plenty of copper! Many companies add feed enhancers like molasses to increase palatability.  I am not overly fond of adding excessive sugar to my goats' diets.  A little goes a long way, and in this case I feel "less is more."

Important Note:  Whichever loose mineral or method you decide to use, please make sure it contains  iodine.

Kelp

I always leave kelp out free choice.  Most goats love it, and often gorge themselves with it initially.  But that usually wears off, and then the goats go back to eating it when they seem to need it.  I have noticed that breeding, gestating and lactating animals will consume more kelp.  Not too hard to figure out why.

 Kelp can be purchased in meal or granulated form.  I feed the granulated, as it does not absorb moisture and "pack down" like the meal can, plus my goats prefer it.  You want to make sure you buy good kelp, harvested from unpolluted waters.  "Thorvin" is an outstanding kelp company.  They produce kelp that is organic, non-organic and even "high iodine."  My source for Thorvin kelp is on my links page. 


Baking Soda & Diamond "XPC" Yeast

I leave out a little free choice baking soda for indigestion or bloat prevention.  My goats don't eat much, so I only leave out a little at a time.  Cuts down on waste.  They seem to be more interested in it when it is fresh.

Diamond V (brand) Yeast, "XPC" formula:  Yeast is a great digestion supplement.  It helps the goat turn feed into energy, and keeps the rumen healthy and active.  Adding 1 teaspoon (per goat) of yeast also helps the goat make its own B vitamins, which are vital to health.

Odds & Ends
  • Omega Blume:  Granulated Omega fatty acids and additional vitamins.  Good for coat, skin, hair and hooves.  Do not overfeed.  Made by Kent.
  • Red Cell- Iron supplement for anemia.  Choose the "horse formula."  I dose at 1cc orally per 20 lbs.  If your goat is anemic, check for worms first.
  • B12 crumbles-  A horse product made by Horse Health.  Available everywhere it seems.  Good when coupled with iron treatments to combat anemia.
  • Scours Halt- Does what it says!  Originally made for scouring pigs and piglets.  Easy dosing instructions on box.
  • Ground, stabilized Flax:  Great for skin, coat, and hooves.  Do not overfeed.  Suggested dosing is 1-2 teaspoons per 20 lbs.  Refrigerate open bags in summer to prevent it from going bad.
  • Terramycin Ointment:  Great for treating pink eye.  Works on cats, too.  Made by Pfizer.
  • Nolvasan cream:  Antiseptic and cleansing cream.  Apply externally.  Great for a sore doe's vulva after kidding. Very healing and soothing.