4 Tips for Healthier and Happier Goats

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As dairy goat producers become more progressive and milk yields increase, we frequently see more herd related issues dealing with animal disease and productivity, such as poor milk quality, nutritional problems, and fertility issues.

Developing a herd health plan is essential for all dairy goat farms.


4 tips for a healthier and happier herd


Maintaining Hoof Care

Lameness can cause reproduction issues, decline in milk production, and drop in body condition score. Regular hoof trimming is a necessary task for maintaining good herd health.


Providing Essential Nutrients

Being smart about your nutritional choices will ensure the most productivity from your herd. Essential nutrients for your herd include:

  • High levels of protein
  • Feed with high energy values
  • Vitamins and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and salt, and vitamins A and D
  • Lots of fresh water


Disease Control and Prevention

Preventing diseases by keeping your goats healthy is the first line of defense. To prevent the spread of disease through your herd, be sure to provide clean environments with fresh air and ventilation. Reduce the stress of your herd by avoiding overcrowding, and provide the most natural environment possible.


Improving Reproductive Health

Studies have shown that extended periods of light exposure improves off season production. To avoid purchasing lighting and increasing your electricity costs, choose a barn that provides a naturally bright environment and allows for daytime light cycles.

Remember, it costs less to prevent herd health issues than to treat them. So take a proactive approach to your dairy goat operation.


Learn more about Britespan’s fabric building goat barns

4 Tips for Healthier and Happier Goats

Britespan Building Systems Inc.
No Comments

As dairy goat producers become more progressive and milk yields increase, we frequently see more herd related issues dealing with animal disease and productivity, such as poor milk quality, nutritional problems, and fertility issues.

Developing a herd health plan is essential for all dairy goat farms.


4 tips for a healthier and happier herd


Maintaining Hoof Care

Lameness can cause reproduction issues, decline in milk production, and drop in body condition score. Regular hoof trimming is a necessary task for maintaining good herd health.


Providing Essential Nutrients

Being smart about your nutritional choices will ensure the most productivity from your herd. Essential nutrients for your herd include:

  • High levels of protein
  • Feed with high energy values
  • Vitamins and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and salt, and vitamins A and D
  • Lots of fresh water


Disease Control and Prevention

Preventing diseases by keeping your goats healthy is the first line of defense. To prevent the spread of disease through your herd, be sure to provide clean environments with fresh air and ventilation. Reduce the stress of your herd by avoiding overcrowding, and provide the most natural environment possible.


Improving Reproductive Health

Studies have shown that extended periods of light exposure improves off season production. To avoid purchasing lighting and increasing your electricity costs, choose a barn that provides a naturally bright environment and allows for daytime light cycles.

Remember, it costs less to prevent herd health issues than to treat them. So take a proactive approach to your dairy goat operation.


Learn more about Britespan’s fabric building goat barns