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A homemade dairy goat ration.

COUNTRYSIDE: I'd like to make our own goat feed for dairy goats. We already make it for our steers and would like to do the same for our milking goats. I would like any suggestions you have--I'm looking for something that will keep the milk coming. Thanks.--Mary, Pennsylvania

Jennifer Stultz, editor of COUNTRYSIDE'S sister publication Dairy Goat Journal, replies:

Here is the grain ration I use for my own dairy goats, specially formulated to meet their nutritional needs. Feel free to take it to your local mill and see if they can come up with something similar, perhaps using locally available grain products. Our goats do very well on this and have earned milk production awards. We also feed plenty of homegrown alfalfa, have rotational graze/ browse acreage available to them, and offer brome or prairie hay round bales for variety in the winter.

Custom Goat Ration

(1 ton mix)

Corn, coarse crimped bulk, 1,034 lbs.

Oats, whole bulk, 450 lbs.

Soybean meal hi-pro bulk, 356 lbs.

Molasses, cane-ca lig 70-30, 150 lbs.

Salt, mp stock 50#, 20 lbs.

Dical phosphate 21%, 50#, 10 lbs.

Monosodium phosphate 50#, 10 lbs.

Magnesium oxide, 54% 50#, 4 lbs.

Vitamin A, 30,000 IU/G 50#, 0.6 lbs.

Vitamin D3, 30,000/G 50#, 0.3 lbs.

Vitamin 10 G (vitamin B2), 10 lbs.

For more information on goats, check out or call 1-800-551-5691 for a sample copy of Dairy Goat Journal or sheep! magazine.
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Author:Mary; Stultz, Jennifer
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2008
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