Thursday, August 6, 2015

Day 28

Day 28 data was collected on August 6. The goats were weighed. FAMACHA©, body condition, coat condition, dag, and fecal consistency scores were determined. Individual fecal samples were collected from each goat. Fecal samples could not be obtained from three goats, despite multiple attempts at collection.

For the second weigh period, gain ranged from -4.8 to 7.2 lbs. and averaged 2.7 + 3.2 lbs. The median gain was 3.2 lbs. ADG ranged from -0.343 to 0.514 lbs. per day and averaged 0.191 + 0.229 lbs. per day. The median ADG was 0.229 lbs. per day. The top-gaining goat was #552 consigned by Waldo Nelson.

Grazing millet and sunn hemp

For the first 28 days of the test, ADG ranged from -0.132 to 0.413 lbs. per day and averaged 0.200 + 0.223 lbs. per day. The median ADG was 0.223 lbs. per day. For the first 28 days of the test, the top-gaining goat was #551, another of Waldo Nelson's consignments.

The average FAMACHA© score decreased slightly from two weeks ago. FAMACHA© scores ranged from 1 to 3 and averaged 1.81 + 0.59. The median FAMACHA© score was 2.0. One goat with a FAMACHA© score of 3 was dewormed, due to other risk factors. Body condition and coat condition scores remained relatively unchanged, averaging 2.38 + 0.22 and 2.04 + 0.14, respectively.

Dag scores ranged from 0 to 3 and averaged 0.21 + 0.60. A score of 0 represents no fecal soiling (on backside, legs, and hocks).  Fecal consistency scores range from 1 to 4, with 1 representing well-formed pellets and 4 representing liquid feces (diarrhea). For the test goats, fecal consistency scores ranged from 1 to 4 and averaged 1.79 + 0.78. The median fecal consistency score was 1.5 (soft pellets).

Jeff collecting a forage sample.

The goats grazed the silvopasture, approximately 2.5 acres of mostly cool season grasses (and weeds) for the past 3 days. After working today, they were given access to 2 acres of dwarf pearl millet and sunn hemp. The silvopasture will remain open as it provides more shade. Hot weather is in the forecast.

The goats continue to consume 0.75 lbs. of soy hull pellets per head per day. The daily feeding provides good opportunity to monitor the health and well-being of all goats in the herd.

Download August 6 (day 28) report