Onion Creek Ranch, Lohn, Texas
Suzanne W. Gasparotto, Onion Creek Ranch, Lohn, TX
Lohn, Texas
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I am often asked to explain how I feed my bucks. The question intially puzzled me, because I feed my bucks the same pelleted feed and hay which I offer to my does, taking into account their age and weight and the nutrition offered in my pastures.

Then I realized that people are concerned about causing urinary calculi. There is much incorrect information offered about Urinary Calculi. The condition is mis-named. Urinary Calculi is NOT caused by too much calcium. Urinary Calculi is the result of too much phosphorus in relation to calcium.

There must be at least a two to one (2:1) calcium to phosphorus in feed, and three-to-one calcium to phosphorus is often better. Phosphorus is too high for goats in areas where chickens are raised (Arkansas, for example). Chicken litter is used as fertilizer, raising the phosphorus content of hay and plant materials, resulting in Urinary Calculi if you don't take corrective measures like adding calcium carbonate to the daily feed ration.

Alfalfa does NOT cause urinary calculi in bucks. However, feeding too much protein ("hot" feed) to both bucks and does can cause laminitis-founder, bloat, and/or ruminal acidosis. Goats layer fat, like deer and humans; they don't marble fat throughout the meat like cattle. Over-feeding/ improper feeding wastes money, puts layers fat around internal organs, causes kidding problems (in females), and you don't get paid for the fat at point of sale.

Getting nutrition right is the hardest thing for goat raisers to do. See my articles on this topic on the Articles page at www.tennesseemeatgoats.com.

Suzanne W. Gasparotto, ONION CREEK RANCH, Texas 10.1.21

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