MGM Nigerian Dwarf Goats
A key fact to remember when feeding your goats is to determine what mineral deficiencies there may be in your area, and the type of feed that is readily available. Whether it is from your own pasture, a feed store or directly from the grower, you should get as much information as possible from the breeder about what supplements they give to their goats if you purchased from someone local. Often new breeders purchase goats from breeders in other states, and you should remember, each area of the country presents different herd management challenges. What may work for someone in wetter parts of the country may not work for more desert climates. If you cannot find other breeders in your area, talk to your Extension Office to see if they have recommendations for supplements.
Goats also require roughage to keep their rumen healthy. Many goat breeders use a 12% - 18% protein goat feed or dairy ration. Make sure it does not contain urea as this is toxic to goats. Goats will eat poison ivy with no ill effects and can also clear out any brush or flowers if available. There are plants that can be deadly if even one leaf is eaten. Hay or pasture should always be provided in good supply, good pasture and browse are the best.
Dwarf goats should have fresh water available at all times.
Grain, shredded beet pulp, Black Oil Sunflower Seeds (BOSS), molasses, a commercial grain/pellet or a combination of any of these is often given to lactating does to maintain condition while raising their kids or providing milk for your table.
Reference Nigerian Diary Goat Association: http://www.ndga.org/origins-of-the-nigerian-goat.html
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