How To Make Homemade Meat & Dairy Goat Feed Recipe?

homemade goat feed recipe

Commercial goat feed products are surely convenient and can save farmers a lot of effort. Besides the high cost, this type of food may contain GMO that is harmful to your goats.

A homemade goat feed recipe is a way for you to not only save money but also provide a healthy, nutritious meal for your goats. Scroll down to learn some of our recipes!

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Why goat feed recipe?

Feeding your goats by your own recipe not only can save you a lot of money but also is much healthier for your goats.

Though buying the pre-mix at the stores may be quicker and more convenient, it is always more expensive than buying our own raw ingredients then mix them ourselves.

Not only is it cheaper, but it is also healthier for your goats. Pre-mix products usually have GMO corn which might have pesticide remnants that are harmful to your livestock.

Making your own recipes allows you to have full control over what you will feed the goats. You can even grow your own ingredients which surely requires more effort and labor, but it will definitely pay off.

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Things to prepare

Feeding goats with grain is a way to replace hay or pasture-based diets, which are usually more costly to buy.

Pretty much all goat grain diets that can be used as both dairy or meat goat feed recipes require food that has high energy and is rich in protein.

Standard goat grain usually contains around 16 – 18% of protein. Rich sources of energy can be found easily in the market are soybean, peanut, and cottonseed.

Cereal grains like oats, barley, corn, and rye are both cheap and nutritious to your goats.

Ingredients for the mix should be easy to access and purchase at your local markets or suppliers, or else you will just have to spend extra money for delivery or not being able to check the quality of them.

simple homemade goat feed recipe

Weigh the measuring bucket

To make sure you give a precise amount and correct ratio of grain for your recipe, remember to weigh and exclude the measuring bucket’s weight.

Let say your empty bucket is 500g heavy, and you need 2 kilos of peanut, then the total weight of 1 bucket of peanut should be 2,5kg (2 kg peanut + 0,5 kg bucket weight).

Recipe #1: Alfalfa, Barley, Oats, Beans, Carob, Sunflower Seeds

  • The ratio for this recipe is:
  • Alfalfa pellets: 4 parts
  • Barley: 3 parts
  • Oats: 3 parts
  • Broad beans: 1 part
  • Carob: 1 part
  • Then calculate the total amount and add 2% of the weight of sunflower seeds.

This homemade goat feed recipe can be given to goats based on their weight. Here is my suggestion:

  • Milking goat: 1800gr
  • Pregnant goat: 1400gr
  • Normal goat: 1000gr
  • Billy goat in breeding season: 1200gr
  • Billy goat not in breeding season: 200gr

Recipe #2: Barley, Oats, Linseed Meal, Kelp meal, Molasses 

With an aim to make my own healthy, corn-free meal for my goats, I have made this dairy goat feed recipe that turns out to be very cost-saving.

Well, not only do the goats like this recipe but so do the cows.

Here are all the ingredients:

  • Rolled barley: 50 lbs
  • Crushed oats: 50 lbs
  • Linseed meal: 3 lbs
  • Kelp meal: 1lb
  • Molasses (to combine all ingredients)

The main irreplaceable component of this recipe is barley.

For oats, you can replace them with other grains but make sure to notice the change in the protein content. There should be 16-18% of protein in this recipe to keep a healthy, sustainable diet for your goats.

To mix this recipe, firstly, mix barley and oats well together. Then scatter the linseed and kelp meal. Finally, coat the mixture with molasses.

How much molasses needed depends on the thickness you want your grain to be. On average, 12 cups of molasses in each 100lbs of grain is a suitable ratio.

This recipe can last up to 50 days during cool, dry days in big metal containers. If it is much humid and hot where you live then the storage time will definitely be altered.

Recipe #3: Barley, Peas, Wheat berries, Millet, Oats 

This recipe will involve sprouting your grains. The ingredients include:

  • 5 parts of barley (11% protein)
  • 1 part of winter peas
  • 1 part of wheat berries
  • 2 parts of millet
  • 2 parts of oats

All the ingredients should have no GMO and spray.

Before sprouting the grain, it is highly suggested to soak the mix in apple cider vinegar, which will help prevent the mix from molding.

Line your bucket with a pillowcase, or any soft fabric bag then pour in about ½ cup of apple vinegar. Pour the dry grain then fill up the bucket with water.

Let the grain soak for 24 hours if possible, then drain them by hanging the pillowcase up in a dry area for about 12 hours. At this point, you may be able to see some sprouts have already come out.

Pour the sprouts into a bucket and leave them at a warm place to keep sprouting till the next morning. At this point, the mix is ready to be used.

Depending on the body condition of your goats should you adjust the number of feed sprouts.

Milking does need 2 cups of sprouts, 1 fistful of wheat bran and half the mix of Chaffhaye. Pregnant does will only need chaffhaye and hay with some added herbs.

In general, unless the goats are pregnant or milking, they won’t need grain. A diet of hay or pasture will be healthy enough.

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Bottom line

Making your own goat feed recipe clearly requires more time and effort from farmers, but consider the fact that they are healthier to your goats and can save you money, it is worth the hard work.

We hope this post is helpful to you. Happy farming!

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