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B-W Dairy Goat Replacer Products

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B-W Dairy Goat Starter Products

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  • 20% Performance Starter
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B-W Dairy Goat Lactating Products

  • Excel Dairy Goat Ration
  • PMR Dairy Goat Ration
  • Custom pellets available
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Best Management Practices for Doelings

First 24 Hours of Life

  • Use a clean/disinfected box for each kid
  • Birthdate and ID on box
  • Keep all doelings in a dry, well bedded, warm and draft free environment
  • All rooms should be kept at a minimum of 18 °C
  • First Feeding
  • Pasteurized goat or cow colostrum. 200cc within 30 minutes of birth, 3 times within a 24 hour period. OR:
  • Commercial colostrum. 200cc within 30 minutes, 3 to 4 times per day (40-50 grams of powder to 150cc of warm water).
  • Iodine naval and tagging sites
  • Administer 1cc of Stockmans Choice ® (oral) probiotic
  • Tag, weigh, and record name of doe and buck

 

Days 2 to 4

  • Move doelings to group pens (3-5 per pen)
  • Separate boots and gloves in kid raising areas to maintain biosecurity
  • Feed 300 mL whole milk or milk replacer, 3 times per day for each doeling
  • Milk replacer: Mix 150g with 850mL water at 50-60°C
  • Cleanliness of bottles and pails is imperative
  • Monitor group feedings to ensure each doeling is aggressively feeding

 

Day 5 to 7 Weeks

  • Doelings grouped and fed milk or milk replacer at 1500 – 2000 mL/h/d divided into 3 feedings
  • Deccox®-M or Amprol® can be added to milk or milk replacer to ensure early control of coccidiosis
  • Provide clean and fresh water from an easy access water bowl
  • Introduce 24% BIG Starter at 7 to 14 days
  • Feed free choice small amounts to avoid wasting and keep feed fresh
  • Offer small amounts of good quality hay
  • Dehorn kids at 9 days of age
  • Wean at approximately 7 weeks of age and 13kgs body weight
  • Feed Aureo S 700® Crumbles at 10 g/h/d for 7 days pre and post weaning to help manage coccidiosis

Weaning to 4 Months

  • Continue to feed 24% BIG Starter at 500g/h/d
  • Limiting to 500g encourages forage intake and rumen development
  • Provide quality 1st or 2nd cut hay

 

4 Months to 4 Weeks Pre-Kidding

  • Begin to feed 21% Doeling developer
  • Restrict to 500 g/h/d fed in 2 feedings daily
  • Ensure all doelings can access feed bunk as pellets are being limited fed
  • Provide free choice salt
  • Target doelings to be bred at 7 to 9 months of age at a minimum body weight of 35kg
  • Well grown doelings at breeding age will milk better and stay in the herd longer
  • Monitor body condition to ensure against over conditioning
  • B-W Developer Products
  • BW 21% Doeling Developer
  • BW 16% Doeling Developer

 

4 Weeks Prior to Kidding

  • Change to BW Ruminate Dry pellets fed at 500 g/h/d with a low potassium hay
  • 7 days pre kidding, feed 200g of BW Lactating pellet in addition to the 500g BW Ruminate Dry pellet
  • Will ease the transition into the milking diet post kidding
  • Dry matter intake will decline during this period (fetus is crowding the rumen)
  • Adequate bunk space, good quality forages, and fresh, clean, & warmed (22-25°C) water are all critical to encourage feed intakes
  • Nutrient requirement increase significantly in the 3 to 4 weeks prior to kidding due to fetal demands

Best Management Practices for Milking Goats

Controlled Feed – Feeding Program

  • “Controlled feed” refers to controlled or limited rates of BW Excel Pellet and higher forage intakes
  • Ensure all doelings can access feed bunk
    • Minimum of 12 inches bunk space/head
  • Controlled Feed
  • 0 to 50 DIM, control feed:
    • BW Excel Pellet 14-18% protein at 1.2-1.6 kg/h/d
    • 200 g/h/d BW Transition Supplement
    • Free choice forage
  • 50 DIM to pregnancy, control feed:
    • BW Excel Pellet
    • Free choice forage
  • Pregnancy to Dry Off, control feed:
    • BW Excel Dairy Pellet
    • Free choice salt and buffer
  • *Over conditioned pregnant goats can lead to pregnancy toxemia and other metabolic issues around kidding through to lactation*
  • When feeding Corn Silage, Haylage, or Balage; ensure feed is mould free
  • Clean feed bunks daily
  • If using TMR mixer, ensure the theoretical forage cut length is 1-2 inches
    • This can be monitored using a Penn State Particle Separator Box
  • Palm fat can be added at 20-30 g/h/d to promote higher butter fat production

Facility Management and Care for Adult Dairy Goats

Provide:

  • Clean and dry pens
    • 16 ft2 of pen space per goat
  • Well ventilated barn with good air exchange
  • Good quality clean drinking water heated to 22-25 °C to encourage water intake
    • Clean water bowls and troughs daily
  • 1 water bowl per 25 goats or water trough 1.5 inches per goat
  • Free choice salt and buffer to milking goats

Close-up Dry Goats/Doelings

(Appx. 4 weeks to kidding)

  • Feed 500 g/h/day BW Ruminate Dry Ration
  • Feed good quality, low potassium hay
    • High grass content better than alfalfa
  • Straw may be added to bunk if needed for transitioning to straw milking diet
  • 7 days pre kidding, feed 200g BW Lactating Dairy Pellet in addition to the 500g BW Ruminate Dry Ration to ease transition to diet post kidding
  • *Consult your veterinarian about Selenium pre kidding*

Full Feed – Feeding Programs

  • “Full feed” refers to free choice BW Lactating Pellet and free choice forage
  • Goats typically eat up to 2.5 kg/h/d of pellets
  • Higher fiber levels from digestible and palatable sources help prevent acidosis due to higher intakes

 

Full Feed PMR & Straw

  • 0 to 50 days in milk (DIM), full feed:
    • 18% PMR Dairy Ration at 2.5 kg/h/d
    • 200 g/h/d BW Transition Supplement and
    • Free choice straw
  • 50 DIM to Pregnancy, full feed:
    • PMR Dairy Ration
    • Free choice straw
  • Pregnancy to Dry Off, limit feed bred does:
    • 2 kg/h/d BW PMR Pellet based on body condition
    • Free choice salt and buffer
  • *Over conditioned pregnant goats can lead to pregnancy toxemia and other metabolic issues around kidding through to lactation*

Full Feed PMR & Hay/Balage

Selection of BW PMR Pellet protein level is dependent on forage quality. Consult your BW representative to determine best feed for your situation.

  • 0 to 50 DIM, full feed:
    • 14% to 18% BW PMR Pellet at 1.6 – 2.0 kg/h/d
    • 200 g/h/d BW Transition Supplement and
    • Free choice hay/balage
  • 50 DIM to Pregnancy, full feed:
    • PMR Dairy Ration
    • Free choice hay/balage
  • Pregnancy to Dry Off, limit feed bred does:
    • 2 kg/h/d of PMR Dairy Ration based on body condition
    • Free choice salt and buffer
  • *Over conditioned pregnant goats can lead to pregnancy toxemia and other metabolic issues around kidding through to lactation*

Custom Rations

  • Feed analyzed for composition and toxins
  • Top quality forages fed to all milking goats
  • Supplement or ration formulated to suit your goats and on farm needs
  • 0-50 DIM, goats should be fed 200 g/h/d BW Transition Fresh Supplement