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Re: Goats aren't mini cows

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Posted by Vicki McGaugh on August 22, 2001 at 12:51:03:

In Reply to: Re: Goats aren't mini cows posted by 3200 head in Texas on August 22, 2001 at 11:44:50:

Sheep and Goat is a FDA designation for any sheep and Angora goats. Though through the word caprine we are stuck with the old arcaic information like this from the FDA, with even a small amount of information, take a nutrition class from Texas A&M, join a goat club, you will quickly find out that the further away from sheep and goat anything, especially nutrition and worming, you do is for the betterment of your goats. Many feed companies for years put blood, bone, fish and feather meal in all their goat feeds, because us diary folks wouldn't buy it, they changed their programs. Purina Goat chow is a prime example of this, there feed changed to contain no animal by products, all except the commerical goat pellet, and in our area the selling of goat chow has soared. The reason Sealy makes this is because folks buy it, and don't think for an instance the day the Boer goats hit the states in embryos that every feed mill and company didn't start putting out Boer goat food, like the emu food, in mass. Not for one day did some nutritionist at these plants think what is best for these animals, it is all about money and will continue to be all about money. Golden blend and their knock off feeds continue to put DE in thier grains because people buy this, they don't care that Texas A&M have studies done on goats that show DE does not kill parasites in the goats system, in the same breath Golden Blend and the knock off feed companies make a feed through wormer you use every month. So which isn't working the DE or the wormer. Ask them to show you fecal samples, ask them what worms they are dealing with, ask them what part of the country the animals on test are in. It is not about FDA regs with goats, it is about miss-information. Because of miss-information we will never have our own labels, our own milk regs, our own somatic cell counts, and we will be dragged kicking and screaming into the Scrapie issue. Mollassed protein licks are fine in certain circumstances, they also cause rumen acidosis. The further you keep away from animal by products, animal fat and animal proteins in the diet of your goats the healthier your goats rumens will be. There is an excellent article about feeding the rumen........wish I was a web page buff. Vicki


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