Feed Intake by Lactating Goats in Confinement
Use this Feed Intake Calculator to calculate the daily feed intake for mature lactating goats. Enter the data into the table and
then click the Calculate Feed Intake button. The results will be
displayed in the table at the bottom of the page.
ExampleWe will use a 50-kg dairy goat with 0 body weight (BW) change producing 3 kg of milk with 3.5 % fat and consuming a diet with 11 MJ/kg dry matter (DM) of ME.
The source used in this calculation method is:
Luo, J., A. L. Goetsch, I. V. Nsahlai, J. E. Moore, M. L. Galyean, Z. B. Johnson, T. Sahlu, C. L. Ferrell, and F. N. Owens. 2004. Voluntary feed intake by lactating, Angora, growing and mature goats. Small Ruminant Research 53:357-378.
Nsahlai, I. V., A. L. Goetsch, J. Luo, Z. B. Johnson, J. E. Moore, T. Sahlu, C. L. Ferrell, M. L. Galyean, and F. N. Owens. 2004. Metabolizable energy requirements of lactating goats. Small Ruminant Research 53:253-273