Purina Mills Goat Chow TestimonialPosted: August 1, 2012
In September 2007, Valerie Bryan returned from an out-of-town trip to learn, much to her surprise, that she had become a goat owner!
It seems that, upon visiting the county fair, her husband Rusty and their daughter Cady had concluded that goats would make an excellent 4-H project for the nine year-old.
The More the Merrier
Unfortunately, the Bryans would soon discover that the Pygmy and Boer goat they had purchased were a bit too old for the 4-H circuit. But that was soon remedied by the addition of two Dwarf Nigerians. “And it sort of spiraled out of control after that,” laughs Valerie. Since then, the Bryans have added two Nubians, an Oberhasli, a Pygmy cross and two more Dwarf Nigerian does born in March there at the farm, bringing the total to 10 goats on their five acres in Lexington Park, Maryland. Three dogs, a guinea pig, a rabbit and fish round out the Bryan’s “menagerie.”
Learning the Ropes
“It’s been a bit of a learning curve with the goats,” confesses Valerie, a lifelong animal lover and former veterinary technician. “As a vet tech, I saw lots of dogs and cats, but never any goats.” Fortunately, their close-knit 4-H group includes a lot of other livestock owners. In fact, the Bryans bought their goats from the 4-H leader, so when Valerie has questions, she knows who to call for suggestions.
Because of her job, Valerie is often out the door by 6 a.m., so Cady and Rusty take care of the morning feedings. In the evenings, Valerie handles feeding and milking. “Our goats are more pets than livestock,” she laughs. “Like dogs, they want attention. When they see you’re outside, they want you with them, they want to be petted. So we spend a lot of time down there in the evenings.”
They Like the Taste of Purina
Valerie feeds Purina® Goat Chow® and Goat Mineral. She finds it at Canter-Lope Horse Tack in nearby Callaway. “They’re primarily a horse supply store, but they carry some limited goat supplies.”
“I’ve briefly tried some other brands,” says Valerie, “but I always come back to Purina. I can tell the goats like the taste better, and I think they like the ‘feel’ of a sweet feed, so that makes me feel good. They’re pets, and I like them to be happy.”
Purina Mills® Goat Chow® Mineral Supplement
Goats are “browsing ruminants.” Ruminant animals have a 4-section multiple compartment stomach specialized in digesting fibrous feedstuffs. Browsers are animals that prefer to eat the leaf and bud portion of shrubs and trees. Thus the ideal grazing situation for goats will be an environment with lots of high quality browse. All they need to balance their nutrition is a goat mineral like Purina Mills® Goat Chow® Mineral.
A mineral supplement is a concentrated source of salt, trace minerals and vitamins. It also stimulates water intake, which reduces the potential for urinary calculi. To best meet a goat’s nutritional need and to avoid potential toxicities, always choose a mineral supplement that is goat-specific. Goat Chow Mineral is ideal because:
- It’s a coarse, loose mineral that can be top-dressed on grain or fed free-choice in a mineral feeder.
- Due to its unique, coarse texture, it will not “cake up” when it gets wet or blow away under windy conditions
- It’s rich in nutrients essential to the proper development and well-being of goats of all ages and breeds
- The formula is expertly balanced to overcome the variation in mineral content found in natural forage
- Whether feeding a few goats or an entire herd, it provides consistent nutrition to help your goats reach their full genetic potential
- It’s highly palatable
Goat Chow Mineral is available in 25 lb. bags.