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winter and feeding

Discussion in 'Pasture, Hay, & Forages: Information & Management' started by Kathy, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. Dec 3, 2018
    Kathy

    Kathy Chillin' with the herd

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    Needing advice for feeding in winter for goats... we live in Wisconsin and already have 8" of snow so grazing is over. Is there other stuff we should be feeding the goats other than hay? We have to buy our hay and it seems like we are going to go through tons this winter. We do have grain but we use it for control and I'm not sure they should spend a lot of days on grain... Thoughts?

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  2. Dec 3, 2018
    SheepGirl

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    Depends. What kind of goats are you feeding? Breed? Sexes? Pets? Breeding? Pregnant? Milking?
     
  3. Dec 4, 2018
    Kathy

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  4. Dec 5, 2018 at 5:18 PM
    Hens and Roos

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    I would say that hay is going to make up the biggest part of their diet. You can feed some grain as supplemental as needed. We have milk goats and hay makes up the majority of their diet as we are in winter(only a little snow as of now), we do feed some grain as well along with an alfalfa/beet pellet mix to help them maintain weight. We make adjustments based on how the goats are looking condition wise.
     
  5. Dec 5, 2018 at 5:32 PM
    RustyBucketFarmGirl

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    I am having the same question so i cannot answer your post but hope to gain some info.

    3 Nigerian dwarf goats. 2 female and 1 wether.

    Northeast Ohio.

    We feed a small amount of grain in the morning and evening daily but we offer hay in a slow feeder. How much do we really need to be offering them when there is no real forage in the pasture?

    I read somewhere that i should not allow them access to hay at night as they would eat themselves to death but i think that may be for very young goats. No sure?!?