Basic Goat Biology

C ma na ging the milking her d a typic a l milking

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Unformatted text preview: per da y). c ) Ma na ging The Milking Her d: A typic a l milking diet would be 2 to 3 lbs of good- qua lity ha y per da y, a long with . 5 lb gr a in per qua r t of milk pr oduc ed. At pea k pr oduc tion (2 months into la c ta tion), ha y c a n be fed a d libitum with a mor e gener ous gr a in supplement. Dur ing the dr y per iod does c a n ‘ r e- c ha r ge’ their body stor es on ha y a lone, unless it is of poor qua lity, then some gr a in (1 to 2 lbs per da y) should be fed a s well. d) Milk: Goa t milk is: whiter tha n c ow’ s milk; ea sier to digest tha n c ow’ s milk; ha s sma ller fa t globules; ha s softer pr otein c ur d; higher in miner a ls like c a lc ium a nd phosphor ous, a s well a s vita mins A, E a nd va r ious B vita mins. D . B r e e ds o f G o a t ( B r e e ds W e b s i t e ) Alpine - Or igina lly fr om the F r enc h Alps; a ler t eyes a nd er ec t ea r s; va r ia tion in c olor - white, gr a y, br own, bla c k & mixtur es; ma tur e doe wt - 130 lbs with pr oduc tion of 2100 lbs milk per 8 month la c ta tion a t 3. 4% fa t. N ubia n Or igina lly fr om Suda n; long dr oopy ea r s; c oa t c olor is usua lly mix of bla c k a nd ta n; the ' Jer sey' of goa t br eeds with 4. 6% milk fa t a nd pr oduc tion of 1800 lbs per 8 month la c ta tion; N ubia ns a r e a little ' mea tier ' tha n other da ir y br eeds with ma tur e doe wt of 130 lbs. La Ma nc ha - Developed in Ca lifor nia in 1959 fr om Spa nish mea t goa ts; Ea r less - with Gopher ea r <1 inc h long a nd Elf ea r < 2 inc hes long; somewha t lower milk pr oduc tion a t 1800 lbs per la c ta tion a nd 3. 9% fa t. Sa a nen - Or igina lly fr om Switz er la nd; er ec t ea r s, la r ge white (usua lly, a lthough ther e a r e jet bla c k Sa a nens) doe of 140 lbs with high milk pr oduc tion - 2150 lbs milk per la c ta tion a nd low fa t a t 3. 5% (the ' Holstein' of Goa ts). Toggenbur g - Or igina lly fr om Switz er la nd; er ec t ea r s, sma ll goa ts (often a r ound 110 lb does); c oa t c olor is gener a lly a sha de of br own, with a str ipe of white down the sides of the fa c e; Togg' s often ha ve longer ha ir , inc luding bea r ds; milk pr oduc tion a t...
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