Feeding the Market Goat
Market goat rations will provide high levels of both protein and energy to keep them animal growing while adding body condition.
Ideal market goat weights will vary by the time of year. They are often marketed during Christian, Muslim, or other ethnic holidays. Goats can be finished out either in a feedlot or on pasture. Keep in mind that pasture feeding will allow for slower growth as compared to a feedlot.
Feeds for goats can be divided into several different categories: forages, grains, protein supplements, minerals and water. Depending on what levels of each category that you feed, you will find that goats will gain about .25 to .5 a pound each day. You can adjust your rations to have your goats reach a particular market weight in a specified amount of time.
Goats will readily eat a variety of forages. These include pasture, hay, haylage, and brush.
Grains provide the energy portion of a ration for goats. A variety of grains are available, with corn, oats, wheat and barley being the most widely used.
Market goats should be fed a grain ration that runs between 14% and 18% protein. To reach these protein levels, you will need to include some sort of protein supplement.
One of the best ways to provide minerals to a market goat is through a commercially mixed salt and mineral mix.
Water is often one of the most overlooked aspects of livestock feeding operations.
At times you may want to include some other feed additives in a ration to maintain the health of your goats.