Below is what we have been doing for routine care and maintenance of our goats. There are as many ways to feed and care for your goats as there are goat owners, so this way won’t necessarily be what will work best for your goats but gives you a general idea of some basics.
Salt Creek Acres – Goat Care Routine
- Quality Orchard Grass Hay, always available free choice.
- Alfalfa, fed daily for milking does.
- Plenty of fresh clean water, change daily or more often.
- Plenty of browsing, grazing, etc. They love maple leaves, blackberry bushes, fir bows.
- Trim hooves monthly.
Free Choice access to:
- Minerals (we use Sweetlix MeatMaker 16:8)
- Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate; for the Does only)
- Organic Kelp Meal
For parasite control use the following 2x/week:
- Herbal DeWormer from Fir Meadows
We mix this herbal powder into their daily grain ration. I usually spray a little water in the container of feed and then sprinkle the herbal powder on and mix; they eat it right up. Bucks and wethers don’t need the higher protein and calcium in the grain, so we mix it into a combination of Pumpkin Seeds and Black Oil Sunflower Seeds. In the 2 1/2 years we have had our goats never have we had to chemically deworm them or had problems with parasites. We believe prevention is better than treatment.
CD/T vaccinations (toxoid):
- Newborns, given at 3 weeks and 6 weeks old.
- Whole herd is given an annual booster.
- ProBiotics as needed, we are using Naturs Way MSE Probiotic Paste.
- Vitamin E/Selenium Gel.
- Replamin+ is a vitamin/mineral supplement to improve overall condition and immune function.
- COWP (Copper Oxide Wire Particles) about every 6 months and that has done wonderful things for the coats and overall condition of our herd.
Everything provided here is for general information. We have spent countless hours reading, sharing, listening along with trial and error, to determine what works for our animals. We are not veterinarians and do not intend to replace professional veterinary advice. We all need to evaluate our animals, our location, potential deficiencies and with the consultation of a vet and other trusted goat breeders, determine what is the best feeding and care routine for our animals.