Katherine’s Caprine Corner January/February 2020

Katherine’s Caprine Corner January/February 2020
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 4 minutes Q. How should I feed my bred does while they are pregnant?  A. We want to feed according to the stage of pregnancy, also known as gestation in animals. There are three trimesters. The first trimester has the greatest risk of creating birth defects. The second trimester tends to be a slower but steady growth and more detailed formation of all the body parts and organs while the third trimester is mainly concerned with rapid growth of the kids in utero. Of course, that is very simplified but will work well for your feeding plans. The first trimester is the most critical for keeping your goats away from molds and other toxins. It also happens to coincide for many with the time period that molds are more likely to grow as weather changes toward fall and winter. If you feed black oil sunflower seeds (BOSS) as I do, watch them very

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