If you are raising goats then you must take care of their health. People keep goats for various purposes like meat, and milk. Ensuring that goats get the proper nutritional value, and care is the most important thing that a goat owner can do to keep their goats healthy and happy. Here are some important tips and advice that will surely help you to keep your goat healthy and happy.
Giving Them Quality Proteins
Give them quality proteins. High- quality natural protein sources will definitely support the healthy growth and muscle development of your goat, and good milk production. Always look for protein sources derived from milk, dried whey or linseed meals.
The rich forage is the main source of energy for healthy goats. If however, your goat needs extra support, and energy you might opt to give them forage with grains fat, and digestible fibers.
Giving Them Mineral Rich Meal
Minerals are very important for humans and as well as for animals also, so give your goat a mineral rich diet. The right mineral balance is very important for your goat. Minerals provide a basic healthy bone structure and also prevent urinary calculi (it is a common disease in goats). Give your goat calcium and phosphorous-rich diet, these are two basic minerals which are very important for the health and growth of your goat. Salt is a very important mineral for your goat because it makes your goat to drink enough water and helps to prevent urinary calculi.
Giving Them Vitamins Properly
Goats require vitamins for their growth. Adult goats naturally produce vitamin B in their rumens, but the young goat’s body system is not so advanced that it can produce vitamin B itself. If you are raising goats that go off feed for any reason, you should use another supplement with vitamin B to compensate if they are not able to produce vitamin B itself.
Preventing Your Goats from Internal Parasites
A most important thing that any grazing animal is at the risk of getting internal parasites, which can cause dehydration, illness and other major health problems. So during grazing seasons always use a dewormer product. You need to rotate your dewormers monthly to make sure that they do not develop any disease.
Providing them fresh water
Your goat needs fresh water at all times. Use a heavy watering container, so goats can turn them over. You should check them for water at least twice a day.
Ask your vet about the “BoSe” shot
The BoSe shot contains Selenium and Vitamin E, which your goat needs to stay healthy. They are especially important for muscle, bone, and reproductive health. Since many goats have lack of these important minerals, the shot is usually administered to goats once annually.
Since it is available only through the vet, you will need a prescription for the shot. If you are breeding your goat, it is a good idea to give them the shot before the breeding season. It helps the kid develop properly and protects them from complications.
Vaccinate your goat yearly
Goats should be given the CDT vaccine, which protects them against, Clostridium type C, and D, as well as tetanus. The vaccination should be done on time and some of the vaccine, required at regular interval of time. If your goats are breeding, bucks should be given their booster in 30 days before the breeding season. Baby goats should be first vaccinated, for 5-6 weeks and then again for 3-4 weeks later. You can also vaccinate your goat against rabies if your vet recommends it. Rabies vaccinations are not standard in goats.