Forage Needs for Meat Goats and Sheep

Table 2

Table 2. Nutrient Requirements for Meat and Fiber Producing Goats 1,2
NUTRIENT YOUNG GOATS 3 DOES (80 lb) BUCK

(80-120 lb)

Weanling

(30 lb)

Yearling

(60 lb)

Dry

(Pregnant)

Lactating
Avg Milk High Milk
Daily Feed, lb 2.0 3.0 4.5 4.5 5.0 5.0
TDN, % 68 65 60 60 65 60
Protein, % 14 12 10 11 14 11
Calcium, % .6 .4 .4 .4 .6 .4
Phosphorus, % .3 .2 .2 .2 .3 .2
1 Nutrient Requirements of Goats. 1981. National Research Council
2 Pinkerton, F. 1989. Feeding Programs for Angora Goats. Bulletin 605. Langston University, OK
3 Expected weight gain >.44 lb / day


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