This article details the palatability of trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses and rushes to goats into four categories; highly palatable, palatable, moderately palatable and eaten occaisionally.
Having read through these tables and identified plants from your area, you should check for any toxicity issues by reference to the article Plants Toxic to Goats.
Trees and Shrubs . . . → Read More: Palatability of plants commonly eaten by goats.
It is important that you are able to recognise those plants in your area that are toxic, particularly those which are toxic to goats. In terms of managing the threat posed by toxic plants there are a number of factors that you need to consider:
• Poisonous plants may include pasture species at certain . . . → Read More: Plants Toxic to Goats
This article will help you to identify and manage the following nutritional disorders that can occur in goats.
Bloat Grain poisoning Copper deficiency Selenium deficiency Cobalt deficiency Iodine deficiency Thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency
This summary provides details of the prevailing conditions under which each problem is likely to occur, explains how to diagnose the . . . → Read More: Goats – Nutritional Disorders
Nutrition is about understanding what and how much to feed your animals. To plan your feeding program, you need to define three key things:
1. Know what product you want to produce.
2. Know the nutrient requirements of your stock. These will vary with; physiological state, age, performance level, class of animal, and climatic conditions – temperature, windchill and . . . → Read More: Goat Nutrition
This article will assist you to identify and manage the following health problems that can afflict goats.
Liver Fluke, C.A.E.V. – Caprine arthritis encephalistis virus (big knee), Coccidiosis, Yersinia, Lameness, Mastitis, Urinary calculi (kidney stones), Pink eye/conjunctivitis, Mange, Scabby mouth, Milk fever (hypocalcaemia), and Grass tetany (hypomagnesaemia).
It provides details of the prevailing conditions . . . → Read More: Goats – less common health issues
The nutritive value of plant species changes throughout the year. For example, the feed value during the vegetative stage of plant growth will be distinctly different to the reproductive (flowering) stage. Environmental conditions can also affect the nutritive value of feed eg frost. These factors need to be taken into account when assessing the value . . . → Read More: Nutritive Value of common goat feeds