Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Weaning goat kids

Note: Please do not wean your bottle baby doe and buck kids at 6-10 weeks old. Ideally, 16-24 weeks (Personally I do 24 weeks) is best. They would never naturally wean themselves so early, and there are good reasons why. A forage/hay/grain diet cannot fill their nutritional needs at this age - the fat content is far too low. You will leave them vulnerable to higher coccidia and worm loads and have smaller growth all around by weaning too young, as well. You will have no chance of the kid reaching its optimal size by fall breeding time. Kids should weigh 80lbs by 6 months old. Keep that in mind if you're raising full size dairy goats. 60 oz a day, whole cow's milk or goat's milk - no replacer



Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens

- Proverbs 27:23-27

"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares."

- George Washington