Autumn and winter feeding

Forage is naturally woodier and drier, so hay, brambles and branches are favoured at this time of year. Feed plenty of this year’s meadow hay, which will give goats energy and warmth.

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If you are feeding concentrates to lactating goats, reduce the quantity to allow them to dry off, and to prevent digestive issues. Give a maximum of 200g of concentrates per day over two meals. If possible, phase out commercial pellets, which are high in cereals and proteins, and phase in whole barley, maize, oats, and low protein vegetables, like dried beet pulp pellets, if not beet from your own garden.

Make the most of brambles, nettles and tree foliage before it dies down for the winter. Woody, leafy plants are a natural favourite, which are good for nutrition and digestion.

Sweet chestnuts and autumn fruits are highly desirable, but limit their consumption, as there can be too much of a good thing, inducing digestive upsets and obesity.

Make sure they have access to a mineral lick with copper and selenium, as well as fresh water daily (with a little warm water added on cold days) and look out for symptoms of worms (loose feces or pale inner eye-lids: see links to internal parasite control).

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