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Homestead® 18% Goat Starter/Grower is a palatable, nutrient dense goat starter/grower formulated specifically to be fed to one-week to sixteen-week-old kids. Homestead Goat Starter/Grower contains ammonium chloride to help reduce instances of urinary calculi (water belly). 

About the Product

Palatability is of the utmost importance in getting kids to start  eating and to consistently consume feed. Homestead Goat Starter/Grower is formulated with high quality, palatable ingredients to promote feed intake.

Ammonium Chloride helps prevent urinary calculi (water belly). Homestead Goat Starter/Grower provides ammonium chloride and provide the proper calcium to phosphorus ratio to further help reduce instances of urinary calculi.

Pelleted Feeds:  Pelleting prevents the separation of the various ingredients.  Each bite of feed is the same, high quality feed.  Some products may also be available in a texturized (sweet feed) form. 

Added Yeast:  Research has suggested that the addition of yeast in the diet will create an environment in the rumen that allows the “bugs” to work more efficiently for better fiber (hay and pasture) utilization. 

Part of a Complete Feeding Program:  Designed for the specific growth and performance stages of an animal.  Specific emphasis is placed on maximum muscle growth in the meat breeds.  Optimal tissue (udder, GI tract, bone) development is the goal in developing excellent milking replacements.  Supplying proper nutrition for prime milk production is the objective for milking does.

Drug Options:  All approved drug options are added to Homestead Goat Feeds.  Floor stocked medicated feeds will vary by location depending upon requests.   Drug options of Deccox® and Rumensin® are available for cocci control and growth promotion.

Mineral Fortification:  Special care is given to ensure that the levels of trace minerals, including zinc are added to the feeds.  In addition, new technologies have produced more readily absorbed minerals called proteinated minerals including an organic selenium product on the market, Sel-Plex®.  These minerals have been incorporated into all the Homestead Goat Feeds.

Vitamin Fortification:  In addition to the proper levels of vitamins A, D and E, the B-complex vitamins have been added to help production and performance shine in the face of stressors like fast growth, heavy milking, heat and transporting.

Management Tips

  • Newborns should receive colostrum within the first 24 hours after birth.
  • Up to 3 days of age, if hand feeding, offer milk 3 to 4 times a day.  After 3 days of age, reduce that to twice a day.
  • Start kids on dry starter feed as fast as possible.   Start with small, fresh samples daily after about 1 week of age.
  • Wean kids as early as 5 to 6 weeks old but most wait until about 3 to 4 months of age to wean.

Active Drug Ingredients

#36229: Decoquinate 22.7 mg/lb. (45.5 g/ton)
#36231: Monensin 20.0 g/ton

Feeding Directions

Homestead Goat Starter/Grower (#36227):  Formulated specifically for one-week to sixteen-week-old kids when supplemental nutrient requirements are high.

Offer Homestead Goat Starter/Grower to kids as the first feed to encourage early consumption.

Homestead Goat Starter/Grower D22.7 (#36229):  Feed to starting goats at the rate of 1.0 pound per 100 pounds body weight to provide 22.7 milligrams Decoquinate (Deccox®) per 100 pounds body weight per day. Feed at least 28 days during periods of exposure or when experience indicates that coccidiosis is likely to be a hazard.   Feed to goats along with a good quality forage and clean, fresh drinking water.

Homestead Goat Starter/Grower R20 (#36231):  Feed as the sole grain ration. Feed to goats along with a good quality forage and clean, fresh drinking water.

Feed Homestead Goat Starter/Grower in small quantities in a clean well-lit creep area.  It is important to keep feed clean and fresh to encourage consumption.  It is also important to offer good quality hay and fresh, clean water free-choice.

Feeding Tips

  • Divide the suggested daily feeding rate into 2 or 3 feedings per day.
  • Changes in the diet should be made over a 1 to 2 week period to help prevent digestive disturbances.
  • Never feed any feedstuffs that are moldy, musty or suspect in any way.


These products, which contain added copper, should not be fed to sheep or other related species that have a low tolerance to copper.

Homestead Goat Starter/Grower is formulated specifically for goats and should not be fed to other species.

Product Number

#36227—Homestead® Goat Starter/Grower, 50 lb.
#36229—Homestead® Life Goat Starter/Grower D22.7, 50 lb.
#36231—Homestead® Life Goat Starter/Grower R20, 50 lb.

Raising Goat Kids | Purina Animal Nutrition

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Wellness : Nutrition

Mikelle Roeder, Ph.D.

Multi-Species Nutritionist

A proper program for raising goat kids begins prior to birth, because producing a healthy newborn kid means meeting the nutritional needs of the doe while she is gestating.

Once the kid is born, it's really up to you to make sure it gets off to a good start.

Newborn kid goat care and management

There are two management practices that are critical to the future health of a newborn kid. First, the navel cord needs to be dipped in a tincture of iodine solution. This will help prevent disease-causing organisms from directly entering the body. Iodine treatment will promote drying of the cord to help it break away cleanly from the navel. Do no remove the cord; allow it to dry and fall off on its own. Early removal can result in the kid bleeding to death.

Even more critical to a kid's future health is making sure it is fed colostrum as soon after birth as possible. Colostrum is the first milk produced by the doe. Colostrum contains antibodies which provide the kid's initial immunity against diseases. Since the antibodies in colostrum can only be effectively absorbed in the first 18 hours after birth, feeding as early as possible is recommended. The amount of colostrum fed in the first 24 hours should be 10% of the kid’s body weight. Bottle feeding colostrum helps ensure adequate consumption. Excess colostrum can be frozen and saved for orphaned kids.

Disease organisms, particularly caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE), can be transmitted from the doe to the kid through the colostrum. Transmission can be avoided by feeding kids colostrum from does shown to be CAE-free, using heat-treated colostrum or by feeding a colostrum replacement. After kids consume their colostrum, they can be left with the doe to nurse or started on milk replacer, such as LAND O LAKES® Doe's Match® Kid Milk Replacer.  

Bottle feeding kid goats

When bottle feeding, keep kids on a proper feeding schedule and restrict intake, since overfeeding can lead to diarrhea, bloat and even death due to Clostridium perfringens, which thrive on excessive starches and sugars in the digestive tract (this is called “overeating disease” or enterotoxemia). Kids can be aggressive eaters, and it is tempting to give them more than they should have, so be adamant about sticking with a recommended program. A typical kid goat feeding program is outlined below.

Age Amount of liquid milk per feeding Feeding Schedule
Day 1 Colostrum, 10% of body weight*  
Days 2 - 10 4 - 6 oz 4 - 5 times/day
Days 11 - 21 7 - 12 oz 3 - 4 times/day
Days 21 - weaning 12 - 16 oz 3 times/day


*e. g., a 4-lb kid would need 0.4 lbs of colostrum, or about 6.5 oz (0.4 lbs x 16 oz/lb)
Smaller kids should eat at the lower end of the range, larger kids would need the higher amount in the range provided.

Weaning kid goats

When kids are offered a good quality hay or pasture plus a creep feed, they can be weaned as early as 30 days of age, but it is better to wait until 6 to 8 weeks. A better measure for weaning a kid is when it weighs at least 2 to 2.5 times its birth weight and is eating a significant amount of dry food. It may help to gradually reduce the amount of milk replacer being offered as you approach the designated weaning date. Kids will start consuming hay or pasture by 2 weeks of age; this intake of fiber stimulates the development of the epithelial lining of the rumen, which is critical for future digestive health and function. Shortly thereafter they can be offered a fortified concentrate feed such as Purina® Goat Grower or Purina®  Goat Chow, both of which will provide critical nutrients.

These nutritional steps will help you make sure your kids get off to a healthy start for a long life.

Environmental management

Environmental management is also important. Kids should be housed in clean pastures or dry lots, and crowding should be avoided. Shelter from the elements is essential. The drier the premises, the less chance for exposure to pathogens and parasites, all of which love moisture. Proper vaccination and parasite control programs will minimize chances for future health problems.

With proper care, your kids will be off to a long, healthy and productive life.

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Compound feed Zinka-S (starter for lambs and kids from 10 days to 3 months old) (10 kg)

Starter compound feed of the "Income" series for lambs and kids from 10 days to 3 months in the form of 4 mm granules. Compound feed is optimally balanced in terms of protein content and metabolic energy. Meets the requirements for the content of minerals and vitamins. The feed is free from pathogenic microflora due to heat treatment.

  • High growth rate due to high levels of protein and essential amino acids.
  • Promotes the development of the digestive tract and the formation of highly productive animals.
  • Reduces the fattening period by 3-4 weeks by increasing the average daily weight gain.
  • Prevents the risk of rickets, white muscle disease.
  • Reduces drinking of milk and dairy products.
  • Strengthens the immune system and reduces the incidence of diseases in animals.
  • Normalizes metabolism and reduces the mortality of goats and lambs.


Extruded grains (oats, wheat, barley, bran), vegetable protein foods, calcium-phosphorus supplements, highly purified salt (sodium chloride), flavoring.

Trace elements: iron, manganese, copper, zinc, cobalt, selenium, iodine.

Vitamins: A, D3.

Essential amino acids: lysine, methionine


Start accustoming to compound feed from the 10th day of life of kids and lambs, putting compound feed into the feeder at the rate of 10 grams per head per day. The dosage of mixed feed is increased daily by 5-10 grams, bringing it up to the input rate used on the farm.

Feed is poured into the feeder according to the daily allowance divided by the number of feedings.

The age of the lamb, Kitty Daily Norma Starter compound feed on the head, gram per day
10-20 days 10-30g
30-60 days 100g
60-90 days 50-200g

It is possible to use green grass, root crops, coarse and succulent fodder together with starter feed.


Mixed feeds are compatible with all feed ingredients, other feed additives and drugs.


The product is packed in hermetically sealed bags made of multilayer polymer film weighing 10 kg.


Store the product in a dry and cool place, at a temperature not exceeding 25°C and humidity not exceeding 75%. Shelf life, subject to storage conditions, is 3 months from the date of manufacture of the product.


This product is made from natural ingredients. Does not contain antibiotics, growth stimulants, hormonal preparations and GMOs. There were no side effects and complications during the use of the product, no contraindications were found. After using the product, animal meat and milk can be used without restrictions.

How to feed a goat to give more milk

How to feed a goat to give more milk

Goat breeding in 2022 is only gaining momentum. On the forums, beginners and experienced goat breeders share advice on which breed is better - Saanen or Nubian, how to feed a goat at home. Indeed, almost half of the productivity of the MRS depends on the diet. We'll talk about him today.

What can you feed a goat?

Juicy food

This category includes root crops (carrots, beets, Jerusalem artichoke, boiled potatoes), pumpkin, zucchini, watermelons, vegetable tops, fruits. Juicy food, especially in summer and autumn, is a valuable source of vitamins, fiber and minerals. A goat is given 2 kg of this feed per day.


Hay, straw and twig brooms are popular, cheap forages. Roughage is valued as a source of fiber necessary for the digestion of ruminants. A goat is fed up to 2 kg of roughage per day. From the point of view of nutritional value, meadow, legume-grass, cereal hay, harvested in the phase of flower budding, is considered ideal. Straw is more often used wheat or barley, but even corn stalks, previously crushed and steamed, goats gnaw well in winter.

Branch brooms are a valuable nutritional supplement in the diet of a dairy goat. The best raw material is fruit trees after spring pruning. With non-fruit fit maple, willow, birch, aspen, linden. The branches are cut into twigs of 60 cm each, tied with twine into brooms, hung down with leaves in a shady place in a draft.

Concentrated feed

is one of the most expensive feeds. Without grits of cereals, soybean meal, sunflower meal, it is difficult to achieve a high milk yield. But the main thing is not to overfeed the animal. Daily Value compound feed for goats or derti - up to 1 kg. If you feed more, then the animal will quickly get fat, it will be bad to come to the hunt.

If you have your own grain base, then a home-made mixture of crushed corn, wheat, barley will do. Some owners brew chopped grains with boiling water, leave to infuse for 12 hours. This preparation increases the digestibility of the grain. The introduction of cake or meal into the diet has an immediate positive effect on the level of goat milk production. A small handful of protein concentrate is poured with boiling water, leaving it to swell.


This type of feed is rarely used in home gardens for feeding goats. Although it is easy to prepare, it is cheap. It is very nutritious and keeps well.

Goat silage is prepared from milky corn, beet tops, cabbage leaves, sunflower, amaranth. To slightly reduce the acidity of the finished product, the green mass is dried up to 70% before being placed in silo pits or big bags. To do this, dry in a draft, add straw, hay to the wet mass. If you want to get the highest quality product, then use special preparations for ensiling, preservatives based on a cocktail of microorganisms, organic acids.

In winter, goats are given up to 4 kg of silage. Therefore, in the summer, green mass is laid at the rate of 8 centners per 1 head.

What should not be fed to goats? peroxide silo. If the food has a sour, unpleasant smell, then it is better not to give it. Otherwise, the milk will also turn out with sourness and a silage smell, it will be poorly fermented with starter cultures.

Other types of food

Juicy, coarse and concentrated food is not enough. A high-yielding goat needs sources of vitamins and minerals. Their source is special BMVD, salt slimes or melasny blocks. Animals with interest eat such additives. A salt lick or a block of molasses is constantly near the feeder. Young animals are taught to such additives from 3 months.

Feeding goats in winter

In winter, the basis of the diet of dairy goats, replacement goats, young animals is hay, straw, and concentrated feed. For 1 head, it is necessary to prepare up to 500 kg of hay for the period of stall keeping (from October to the end of April). One straw and hay will quickly get tired of the animals. You can diversify the diet with brooms from twigs. They will also help to improve digestion with diarrhea in young animals (willow, alder, poplar). If possible, then feed the animals with sprigs of pine, spruce. Coniferous trees are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals.

Do not forget about end feeds, which are given up to 1 kg per day. Fresh carrots, cabbage, beets, boiled potatoes will serve as a good help. If you keep not only adult animals, but also young animals, then AVA ZDOROVA MPS Start - starter granulated feed for goats from 0 to 3 months and AVA ZDOROVA MPS Grover - grower granulated feed for goats from 3 to 6 months will come in handy. A complete kibble feed will help grow a strong goat, wean early at 10 weeks, prepare the digestive system for eating roughage. High protein content, balanced composition will allow you to achieve stable weight gain even during the stall period in the cold season.

Feeding goats in the summer

Feeding dairy goats is much easier in the warm season when pasture is available. Here, the animals eat plenty of green fodder, get exercise and a portion of vitamin D. On average, a goat eats 4 kg of grass per day while grazing. But for a high-milk animal, it is necessary to receive a portion of concentrates at least 2 times a day. Feeding time is different for each farmer. Some give grain in the morning before pasture and in the evening before going to bed. Others every time they are milked.

Feeding 1.5 kg of bean hay at bedtime has a good effect on the milk production of a goat. Dried clover, alfalfa, sainfoin are an excellent source of protein. In summer, goats are fed chopped vegetables, fruits from the garden. They especially like apples and pears.

Animals willingly eat the young shoots of cherry, poplar, willow, aspen, mountain ash trees. Goats also eat heather herbs, nettles in any form, fireweed.

Dairy diet example

The amount of feed is always calculated taking into account the productivity of the animal, its lactation and age. For example, if we want a goat to give 4-5 liters of milk per day, she needs to provide a diet of four feed units - this is about 4 kg of oats in a different set of feeds. Plus, it is necessary for the goat to drink 1.4 liters of water per 1 liter of milk (excluding life support).

There are ready-made diet recipes for highly productive goats, goats of the first or second half of pregnancy.

Animal group Types of feed
Compound feed Root vegetables Roughage
Highly productive goats 0.4 2 3.5
Goats that produce less than 2 liters of milk per day 0.3 1.5 3.7
Goats of the first half of pregnancy 0.25 - 2.4
Cosi of the second half of pregnancy
0.5 0. 5 2

In addition to a complete, balanced diet, a goat needs constant access to water. When dehydrated, the most productive animal will not please with a good milk yield.

What not to feed a goat

Although the animal seems to be almost omnivorous and unpretentious, do not forget that certain foods can distort the taste of milk, lead to poisoning and death. Livestock specialists and veterinarians remind that it is strictly forbidden to give: