A reminder on if whether you are just starting out with goats or already have them, for me the greatest challenge is achieving the optimum nutrition plane. There are several scenarios that must be considered and in a commercial mixed meat/diary goat herd such as ours, the requirements often overlap. Basically we follow the basic principal nutritional phases that must be met when planning goat-feeding.
1. Maintenance Nutrition. The minimum goat-feed nutrition required to meet a non-lactating doe requirements and also maintain body condition
2. Pregnancy Nutrition. Required to supply essential nutrition to both the doe and kids throughout gestation period.
3. Lactation Nutrition. Required to ensure both kids and doe receive optimum nutrition, so that suckling kids grow at optimum rates (quality milk makes quality kids)
4. Kid Nutrition. Minimum goat-feed required to achieve optimum growth when weaned
Remember!? Strike a Balance!