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Question:what is bloom?
Answer:Not answered yet.
Question:We recently had a goat get very ill with Thiamine deficiency. He is about 5.5 months old and was about 70 pounds. I an matter of a couple of days he lost about 10 pounds. We have till December before we will show again. We are wondering if there are any supplements we can give him to help him get back where he was. The last week we have been giving him as much feed and water as he wants as well as a handful of alfalfa each day. His current feed is Jacoby Red Tag. He has gained a little, but it is slow going.
Answer:Not answered yet.
Question:When we first got our goat we halter broke hima nd started to chain break him. Now we have t drag him out of his pen and he wont walk with a halter? Do we need to start back at step one to halter break or do you have any other suggestions?
Answer:Not answered yet.
Question:When is it time to feed the goat supplement
Answer:Have no idea what you are referring to
Question:at the show this weekend I heard a lot of talk about giving the goats orange peels and orange juice two hours before they go in the ring to make them spread out over there top and increase the way they handle is there any science behind this or is it another miracle show fad?
Answer:Never heard this one, but way out there in terms of making any sense. Some of the things you hear in the barn are interesting. Our formula for success- great genetics, great feed, super management and perfect showmanship
Question:I purchased a Harbour goat this week end with sire as Game Changer. I noticed that as my goat walk his shoulder blades on his back stick out a lot, they are very defined. Everything I read says this is not good. Can you tell me if that is true, will I have a hard time with showing him because of it or is this fixable?
Answer:I would have to look at the goat to get an idea of what you are talking about. If you are concerned, take him back to the breeder and discuss the issue.
Question:I\'m thinking about showing goats next year, and my parents told me I\'ll have to pay for everything myself. On average how much does a doe cost per month
Answer:It varies throughout the US. Check with your local Ag extension agent.
Question:Is it better to show a goat with, or without a chain or lead rope?
Answer:In Texas, they show with chains.
Question:How many times a day should i feed my goat. Also what should i expect with my goat if i am totally new to raising animals for shows.
Answer:I would feed a minimum of 2 times per day. Expectations depend on your goals.
Question:My goat is very stubborn and he does not want to walk with the halter on he just wants to rome free what can i do to make him learn to walk with a halter
Answer:Work with him 7 days a week. Walk away from the barn and back. Persistence.
Question:for some reason our goats loin seems to be washed out on the top around the spine like it just dropped out. They feel fine on the side of the loin like there finished but the top is not right. The rest of there top and muscling over the shoulder looks good. I would suspect dehydration but there on free choice water and we have been adding electrolyte. two weeks away from fair and don\'t know what to do?
Answer:Difficult for me to answer without seeing the goat. Just maintain and high quality goat feed, free water and add a fat additive.
Question:during my show I placed 3rd and 6th with my weathers. the judge said my 3rd place goat needed more working out and he needed to be more muscular any 6th place goat was to thin in loin any more suggestions
Answer:Yes- He said needs more muscle. Increase exercise.
Question:what is the best feed for show goats?
Answer:I like honor show chow impulse
Question:during my last show the judge told my daughter that her that she needed to work on her goats loin. since we are new to the 4H goat project and asked another shower for advice. he told me that a lot of showers were not giving there goats water at night before a show and was drenching them with gatorade before show time to make there muscles increase. he said drench them 3 or 4 showes and they will start drinking it out of a bucket. is this leagle and a common practice amongst showers? would like advice on how to increase loin size. thanks
Answer:I always like to compare a show goat to an athlete. If you need increased muscle, proper diet and exercise give results. If an animal is dehydrated, the muscle can shrink due to loss of water in the cells. Athletes stay hydrated. As far as using Gatorade- it is not labeled for goats, so probably should not use it. You can purchase animal electrolytes to mix with water that are formulated for goats. Same idea. The only way that the goat becomes dehydrated is if you limit the water. Usually not a good idea.
Question:What is the drench rate and amount on crusade prior to showtime
Answer:I have not used the product. Need to ask the company that makes it.
Question:Hi. We just completed our county fair where one of our goat placed 4th. He was the heaviest in the barn (105) and is a stocky, muscled wether. We won a jackpot with him, but the judge at the fair liked them little. He said our goat was \"over finished\" We can still show him in our state fair in 6 weeks. We feed 2 lbs impulse text, 6 oz fitter, 2 oz champion, and a handful of hay. We alternate between sprints and pulling a 40lb sled up a 100 yd hill 5 times every other day. Should we switch things up to try and get him leaner? Or hope the next judge likes em big? Genetically he is a large boned/structured goat and figured we should play to it. Thanks.
Answer:First off- do not assume all judges like the same thing. The next judge may think he is too thin. Try to find out what the judge is looking for. Most people that compete know how to fit each judge. Sounds like you are doing all the right things. High protein diet and exercise is how you build an athlete.
Question:About how much should you feed a wether goat a day
Answer:3-4% of body weight
Question:I\'ve exercised my goat every night and his belly is still big. I\'ve quit giving him so much hay. Any suggestions
Answer:Once you let the rumen expand, it is hard to bring it back. Think how long it would take you to get rid of a big belly if you had one. Less food intake and a lot of exercise.
Question:I have a beautiful buckling that has the potential to be a great wether, however I was told that since his head is mostly black he will not be allowed in the show. Is this true? I have seen plenty of painted wethers. Albeit, I don\'t recall a black paint.
Answer:In the wether show, color should not be a problem. Most judges like the traditional red/white, but I have used off color goats if they are the best one in the show.
Question:What would u suggest I do to harden up my show weathers top?
Question:I have a month til i got to show my goats and I need a fast way to gain muscle on my goats, what would be the fastest way to gain muscle?
Answer:No fast way. Compare to yourself. Hit the gym (exercise), controlled diet high in protein.
Question:I am having trouble keeping my goat braced. When I purchased him from my breeder he was already trained to brace. I work with him everyday and he\'s slowly not driving anymore. I\'ve talked with my breeder and they said I am asking him right. Do you have any tips on bracing or having him drive harder? Thanks
Answer:Sounds like you are doing something that is causing the goat to reverse. Could be how you handle the head, brace with your knees. Cant tell w/o watching you. Goats are dumb. They have to be trained with repetition. We walk our goats away from the barn every day and on the way back we stop and brace/ drive them. Some days they work better than others. We also have a raised platform that we put them on and brace- this way if they back up- they fall off. This trains them to understand that if you push into them, they should push back. So- analyze what you are doing with your hands on the head, legs into the chest. Are you causing an issue that "tells" them to pull back?
Question:What does a good goat look like?
Answer:See the goat guide on the home page
Question:What type of hay should I feed my meat goats grass hay? Indeed help big time
Answer:WE feed alfalfa, just a handful per day. We feed a complete show goat feed. Complete means it has everything in it that they need.
Question:My goat keeps choking on a normal metal chain collar even when I don\'t pull hard at all. I was wondering if a plastic wide linked collar would work better. Or if you know of any other solutions to my issue that would be great too.
Answer:We use the plastic chain to train. Try different types. If the goat pulls his head down or tries to go to fast, they usually choke. Try to slow them down and get the head up. Try to allow enough slack in the chain so it rides on the jaw bone and not the throat.
Question:I have been looking for a plastic linked collar for my goat and haven\'t been able to find it anywhere close. I was wondering if I could just get some at Lowes and then connect it to make a collar?
Question:Can a show drench help get a harder handle on a market goat or is it all in the supplyments? Our last few goats has handled a little soft, I\'m wondering if it\'s our egg drench, maybe we need to try a new drench? I do use champion drive, fitter 35, and power fuel. Thanks
Answer:Typically the type of muscle handle is genetic. Some are just harder muscled. Having them trained to drive hard also increases the muscle tone. I doubt the drench has anything to do with it. an egg drench is high in protein which promotes muscle growth. The other thing that makes them soft is extra fat. Analyze the finish and determine if they need less fat in the diet.
Question:How old do you get ur show goat
Answer:Check the rules for your show on ages and weight limits. Most show market goats at 7-10 months of age.
Question:Our market goat is too heavy what van we do?
Answer:Limit feed to 1 1/2% of body weight and exercise.
Question:I have two boer show goats and I was wondering is it normal for the doe to be fighting with me more then my weathered does? for the past two years I have only had weathereds and they haven\'t fought me as much as this doe has.
Answer:not sure- guess they need to get used to you.
Question:how old do the breeding goats have to be?
Answer:Check the rules of the show to see what ages they have classes for.
Question:I am trying to get my goat to drive and he just backs up and he also won\'t walk on a chain he just gags the whole time and won\'t move. Do you have any suggestions or links that would help ???
Answer:I get this question often. We halter break first by tying the goats halter to a bungee cord that hangs from the roof. Head level, but not too high. He will fight for the first few days, but eventually stand still. DO NOT LEAVE HIM ALONE. After he is halter broken, we put a chain on him and clip him to the fence so he learns to stand still on the chain. NExt we walk him with a halter away from the barn. Stand beside or behind and let him lead. Slightly pull tail or ear to make him go forward. He will walk better headed back to the barn. When we get through walking, we put him on a trimming stand and brush his hair. This gets him use to standing on the trimming table and hands on brushing settles him down. The key is repetition. Every day until he walks without issue.
Question:I am about 2 1/2 months till my school show and my ag teacher told me my goat needs more substance because he is fat with not a lotta muscling or fill to him. He is currently on purina impulse and weighs 77 lbs. Do you have any suggestions on additives to fill him out and give him more muscling??
Answer:Search Honor Show Chow goat feeding strategies. They have different feeding strategies that fit your situation. Next year, might want to get a goat that has more natural muscle.
Question:i have 2 yrs old female goat. i cross them twice but she cant get pregnant...what should i do please advise me some medicine to get pregnant.
Answer:They have certain meds that are used to assist with ovulation. Discuss with your local veterinarian for assistance.
Question:Where do you recommend buying market goats from in California? I\'m having trouble finding a top breader.
Answer:I do not have any connections in California. In Texas, we have a junior show goat circuit with a magazine that the breeders advertise in. Try searching for California show goats on the internet.
Question:My goat continues to bite me and rear up when I work with him. What should I do?? Thanks!
Answer:Get a little meaner than the goat. Some type of negative action each time he bites or jumps up. I would control his head so he cannot bite and a light slap if he does. Do not let him rear up. Force him to stay on the ground each time he starts to jump up. Common sense solutions.
Question:Hi, my goat leads great on the halter but won\'t budge with the chain. I have been working with him everyday multiple times and have tried just a regular collar and even have tried using the chain and halter together. Our show is in three weeks and any advice you have would be great. Thanks!
Answer:First of all, if you are just now training to show with a chain and your show is in three weeks, it is your fault. We have a goat on feed for a show in January 2015 and he already leads well. We have a three part process. Catch the goat, halter, tie the end of the halter to a bungee cord hanging from above- let him stand until he stands still, next- lead him away from the barn, lead back to the barn, put him on a trimming table or rack and brush hair. We do this daily. The first 2-3 days, he fights the halter, eventually, he walked with halter. We do not pull him with the halter, we walk beside or behind and let him lead. Lightly pull tail or ear to make him go. After he learns to lead with a halter, we switch to the chain. We clip his chain to the fence and let him stand, then follow the rest of the procedure. It takes time and repetition. We use a light plastic chain that has plenty of play so we can pull with the chain under the jaw and not in the throat.
Question:Are yearling does showed the same as wethers? Drench, clip, fit, brace ECT?
Answer:Showing- same with a chain, but do not drive. Stand off the head and control with the chain. Fitting is different. They are blocked like show cattle. Clip some parts shorter than others. You want breeding does to be full, so no need to pull feed or minimize fill with a drench. Search utube for showing breeding does
Question:I\'ve shown market goats for three years now and I\'ve made it into championship drive two times. All the goats that win grandchampion are really, really mussely and stalky. How do I get my future goats to look like that?
Answer:Find a goat that fits that description. It is genetics. A winning program= a great goat, a great feeding/ management program and perfect showmanship.
Question:What fat additive would you recommend getting?
Answer:I use Honor Show Chow Power fuel. It is around 31 % fat, but has other nutritional ingredients that promote a healthy goat. Search Purina feeding strategies for goats for more info.
Question:I have a 5 month old goat that has no muscle mass and looks really shabby. she is a twin, but her sister looks great they eat the same amount of food. her hair isn\'t shiny or smooth either. I have about a month until the show. what do I do to put weight and muscle on her. also how do get her hair smooth and shine?
Answer:I would take a stool sample to the vet and make sure there are not internal parasites. Manage the hair the same way you manage your hair. Wash, conditioner. Keep it clean and brush. Separate the goat and feed 4-5 times per day the amount of feed he will clean up in 30 minutes. Use a high quality show goat feed. (I like honor impulse).
Answer:A quality show goat feed the is complete (meets daily requirements for Protein, fat and fiber- it tells you on the feed tag) Feed 4-5 times per day the amount that they will clean up in 30 minutes. I like honor impulse.
Question:Hi, I have a couple show whethers that are going to be shown in about 50 days. We are feeding HSC Impulse and excersizing them every other night and giving them a handful of hay once a day. But they aren\'t putting hardly any weight on, are very sunk in, and have very little muscle. Are there any additives or suggestions on what to do or give them?
Answer:Additives may help. If you are exercising a lot, you have to increase their nutrition. Full feed is around 4 % of their body weight. With full exercise like you are doing, they may need more feed. I also recommend splitting up the feed into at least 3 feedings per day. You can add a fat additive to give the extra energy they need to gain a little fat. Go to to see HCS feeding strategies.
Question:Whot do i feed boer goats
Answer:Any recommended show goat feed. I like Honor Show Chow Impulse
Question:Can you mix high octane power fuel And high octane champion drive for market weathers to get the fat and protien
Answer:Yes- go to for feeding strategies on goats- HSC or just search Honor show chow goat feeding strategies.
Question:I am new at showing goats, and I was wondering, what do I do if I can\'t lift up my goats head to brace it?
Answer:When you brace goats, the head and neck have to be up and extended out of the shoulder, so you have to pull up on the head some. Problem occurs when you pull too hard are keep pulling pressure on the head. After the goat learns to brace, the typically hold their head up.
Question:My boer goat got stung by a bee we squeezed the puss out put perioxide now there\'s a hole how will it heal?
Answer:The body heals itself in most cases. Keep a antiseptic ointment on it and it should close.
Question:How many pounds of an 18% developer feed will it take to make 1 pound gain on a under-conditioned doe?
Answer:Goat conversion is about 10 lbs of feed to a lb of gain.
Question:Trying to build some more muscle on market wethers. Only have about a month before the show. I\'m feeding grain and show bloom daily. Can I feed them anything else to gain more muscle?
Answer:Protein is the source for building muscle. Your ration should be 16-18% protein. I do not recommend going higher than 20%. Add exercise
Question:my goat weighs 83 pounds and we are 104 days from show time. Should I start trying to hold him now? If so what percent of his weight should I feed? He could win a show today but I\'m concerned what he will look like in 104 days.
Answer:Hard to answer w/o seeing your goat. I do not like to hold them back. They need to reach their genetic ability to be their best. 104 lbs does not bother me at all. If you want to decrease the gain- feed 2% of his body weight in feed daily. Full feed is around 3.5-4% 83 x .02- 1.66 lbs of feed daily for 2%
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