Champion Angora Goats
The hay appears and the tender grass shows itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
Our Stock Feeders
Here are a few photos of the feeders I have made and have used for many years. One can greatly cut their hay loss percentage by utilizing a good feeder.
The other very important reason to use a good feeder is to keep the goats' fleeces clean. Eight feet long, four feet high, and thirty inches wide. With a solid manger, the goats do not get alfalfa in their fleeces. They can just pull out a bite at a time and clean up the base feed tray. Makes a good grain feeder as well. I use most of my own mohair and like it to be clean. I also prefer the use of alfalfa hay, as it often offers a better nutritional value. I shear for many other folks and am shocked at the amount of hay and grain in the necks of their goats and sheep....it could be avoided with good feeders. Most of the feeders are against a fence which makes it easy to fill the manger without going through the goats. A wheel barrow works nicely for transporting hay to the manger in a pasture. Avoiding hay loss and chaff in the mohair is a good management effort and is financially rewarding.
Make sure you keep your watering trough at least fifty feet from the feed area and resting area. This helps to keep the water clean. If the goats need to walk a short distance for their water, they will drink and then go back to feed or rest.
Angora Goat Diet and Care
An angora goat is a high production domestic animal. This animal requires an appropriate intake of quality high protein hay, grain, and a good source of essential vitamins and minerals. Good quality alfalfa hay is ideal. A nice mixture of alfalfa and orchard grass is good too. A suitable amount of grain is a usual daily supplement needful to meet the basic eighteen percent protein diet required by these goats. One can change the quantity of grain and hay levels according to the goats' needs at the time of year.
A young growing goat will need proper levels of nutrition for growth, so I always offer a free choice high protein feed for them in their creep feed area. A creep feeding area for kids is an indispensable and necessary requirement. This is an area that only the kids have access to that offers choice fine hay and pellets containing essential vitamins, minerals, and grain. A doe that is pregnant, lactating, or out in the summer pasture with no kids, will require different amounts feed according to the season of her life.
A lactating doe can always benefit from extra protein if she is to be in proper condition and raise nice healthy kids. Lactating does get free choice high-protein hay and a generous portion of grain, while a mature doe out in summer pasture with no kids may just need a handful of grain for conditioning. So, keep in mind their needs will vary according to the demands on them as well as the type of pasture offered and feed availability. If high quality feed is not available, one might feed more grain to balance out the feed requirements .
The use of kelp or a quality vitamin and mineral supplement is needful to supply the demands of an animal that produces such a large quantity of hair. Sea Kelp is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals as it provides 14 vitamins, 11 amino acids, 36 minerals, 24 trace minerals, and is an excellent source of carbohydrates. Sea Kelp is also easily assimilated. The goats are capable of regulating their intake of free-choice kelp according to their need.
Feeding an appropriate diet will assure your goat of good health, beautiful fleece, and healthy kids. In a practice of conscientious husbandry, your livestock will excel and flourish under a diet provided that meets the challenge of their production.
A properly maintained Angora goat that is free of internal and external parasites will be a productive and beautiful animal. Keep a close vigil for lice which will deplete your goats of nutritional needs and ruin a lovely fleece. The permectin pour on products, as other choice de-lice products, can be administered at any time, so do not just wait for shearing time. Have a consistent worming schedule using good oral drenches which work best for the goats.