Nutrition Index "Oats"
Oats normally have almost 90 percent of the energy value of barley and contain more fiber than barley of corn. They can vary considerably in protein, fiber and energy. For goats, a combination of oats and alfalfa is a very balanced diet. If feeding non-afalfa or non-legume hay, other supplementation will be neccessary.

Oats are a palatable feedstuff and may be safely included at high levels in the grain ration. They should be fed rolled or ground for maximum utilization. In grain mixtures where a high level of energy is required, such as for high-producing cows, oats should not be the major ingredient due to their lower energy value relative to corn and barley. In this case, they should make up no more than 33 percent of the grain mix. Calves can digest whole oats effectively because they chew their feed more thoroughly than cows.

Typical Analysis Solvent
Dry Matter 89.0%
Crude Protein 12.0%
Fat 4.5%
Crude Fiber 12.0%
Neutral Detergent Fiber 28.5%
Acid Detergent Fiber 14.2%
Calcium 0.07%
Phosphorus 0.35%
Total Digestable Nutrients 68.0%
Net energy - Lactation 70.2 Mcal/100 lbs.

Caution: Any recommendations given here should be considered as general only and may not apply in your specific situation. All final recommendations should be made by a qualified person familiar with your particular circumstances.

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