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Feeding the Billy

The feeding of the billy is critical.
Providing high quality nutrition to the billy is a crucial part of a meat goat operation.

Providing high quality nutrition to the billy is a crucial part of a meat goat operation.

This animal is one that may be forgotten at feeding time and left go. This is common on many farms. The Billy is a very important animal on the farm. If he is not able or willing to breed then there will be a problem.

Have the Billy in good body condition for breeding season. A Billy that is too fat or too thin will not be aggressive during the breeding season. While he is breeding the does, he can eat the same ration as the does. They should all be receiving about 1/2 pound of grain a day to help maintain the billy's body condition and to stimulate ovulation in the nannies.

Even though you provide grain, the Billy will loose weight during breeding season. When he is removed from the does, be sure to place him on a ration that will allow him to gain the weight back that he has lost. Male goats are particularly prone to kidney stones, so grass hay is preferable to alfalfa hay. If you find you have problems with kidney stones, you can add ammonium chloride to the ration at a rate of .5% of the total ration. You may also want to check that the calcium:phosphorus ration is between 1:1 and 2:1.

Water is one of the most important nutrients that is needed when raising and feeding any animal.

Goats need many minerals for basic body function and to achieve high production. Providing a free choice mineral formulated for goats is recommended.