Goat Nutrition

Goats October 26, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

Goat Nutrition

Proper nutrition is essential for the health and productivity of all animals and is the basis of successful production systems. A well-planned and executed preventive health program cannot overcome problems that are created by poor nutrition, nor can advanced reproductive technologies overcome nutritional limitations of reproduction. Therefore, nutrition of the goat is of paramount importance for successful goat production. Nutrition is the science of providing nutrients to animals in adequate amounts and in forms that the animals will consume. For sustainable and profitable production, these nutrients must also be provided in a cost-effective manner. Topics covered under nutrition will be:

The ruminant digestive system


Using the Interactive Nutrient Calculator

Feeding Different Classes of Goats

Meat Goats

Dairy Goats

Example Diets

Effect of Kidding Season on Nutrient Requirements

Artificial Raising of Kids

Considerations in Ration Formulation

Feeding By-Products

Feeding Systems

Nutritional Disorders

Body Condition Score



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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.