Back from The Vet: Mineral Intake in Goats

What minerals do your goats need, and what are the signs of deficiency and overdose?

Back from The Vet: Mineral Intake in Goats
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 7 minutes If you have spent any time perusing your local feed store, then you are well versed in the multitude of available mineral supplements made for goats and other livestock. These supplements come in all forms, from blocks and tubs to loose and pelleted. They are made for goats of all stages, and even targeted to improve performance. With all of these choices, it is difficult to know what supplement will work best for your herd. Understanding where these minerals are found in common feedstuffs, and what their toxicity or deficiency may cause, is helpful for choosing the right mineral supplement for your farm. In these winter months, when forage may be scarce, offering the appropriate mineral supplement can greatly improve herd health.   Minerals can be divided into two categories: macrominerals and microminerals. Macrominerals are present at a larger amount in the body, and thus the

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