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Goat Care Policies & Procedures

Gandolf
Puck

Meet our goats

 

  1. We have 4 male Boer/Spanish meat goats.
  2. They do not produce milk.
  3. They are wethers (castrated).
  4. Their names are Puck (black’ish gray), Gandalf the Grey (gray), Snoopy (white body, brown head)
    and Bumble (white)
  5. As of June 2019 they are approximately 1 year old.

 

Care Instructions

 

  1. The number one thing about goats is to close all gates, doors and lids before exiting. A forgetful moment means a goat in the food bin. Yes, they are that smart.
  2. All feed, treats and Timothy grass are located in the south door of the Granary.
  3. Feed 1.5 pounds per goat of grain feed once per day (6 lbs total=1 scoop), in the morning. Put feed in the feeder hanging on the fence post. They will forage in the summer on the corral and pasture “grass”. Timothy grass is supplemented in the winter for forage, see #6 below for more info. DO NOT overfeed grain. Overfeeding grain to a goat can be toxic and kill them within two days. Overfeeding grain is irreversible.
  4. DO NOT feed chicken feed/pellets or snacks to the goats. It is TOXIC to them.
  5. Provide clean water as needed. The water trough in the loafing shed room is heated. This will take two people to move and clean. Call Tamra or Elizabeth when it needs to be cleaned out. If water is clean, just add water to the trough with another bucket. There are extra buckets in the
    Granary.
  6. DO NOT feed Alfalfa hay. It is too rich for them and can cause bloat. Timothy grass is supplemented in the winter for forage, and as needed throughout the year.  There are two black rubber tubs and one tin tub. Split flakes between the two tubs. This prevents them from fighting over it.
    1. Summer Feeding:  while supervising, allow goats to free-range/graze on the ranch outside of the corral for approx. 1 hour in the afternoon/evening.  Provide 1 flake of Timothy grass in the morning and 1 flake in the evening, each feeding should be split between two tubs.
    2. Winter Feeding:  Provide 2-4 flakes per day or as needed depending on if the tubs are empty and the amount of natural forage available (1-2 am & 1-2 pm).
  7. Since goats can overeat which leads to bloat and obesity, error on the side of being conservative with their snacks. Snacks are located in the trash bin with their food.
  8. Hooves do need to be trimmed but as needed. Check monthly and let Tamra or Elizabeth know.
  9. We want our goats to be friendly and as obedient as a goat can be. Please spend time with them, pet them, put them on a leash, love on them.
  10. Brushes, if you would like to brush them, are located in the metal trough bin in the stable room.
  11. No mineral supplements are needed as they are provided enough minerals in their grain.

 

Conditions to be aware of

 

  1. Goats can bloat (excessive fermentation in the rumen/stomach). This is fatal if not treated right away. There are a number of things that can cause bloat including wrong food or forage and cold water. Please only feed what is provided by the Foundation.
  2. Contact Elizabeth Matthews (720) 233-4337 or Tamra Hirschman (303) 917-5126 if the goat appears lethargic or is acting out of character. Excessive crying is considered out of character and can be a symptom of bloat. Other signs of bloat are respiratory distress/labored breathing, stretching the neck to breathe, abnormally enlarged left side belly that sounds hollow when tapped. Also, contact if you notice any unusual bumps, growths, abrasions, abscesses, lesions, rashes, etc. Typical breaths per minute of a goat their age is 30-40.

Vet Contact (Call Elizabeth or Tamra before calling vet)
Dr. Brian Eitelman
Aggie Vet & Farrier Services
(720) 339-4187

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