Goat Starter/Grower

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Homestead® 18% Goat Starter/Grower is a palatable, nutrient dense goat starter/grower formulated specifically to be fed to one-week to sixteen-week-old kids. Homestead Goat Starter/Grower contains ammonium chloride to help reduce instances of urinary calculi (water belly). 

About the Product

Palatability is of the utmost importance in getting kids to start  eating and to consistently consume feed. Homestead Goat Starter/Grower is formulated with high quality, palatable ingredients to promote feed intake.

Ammonium Chloride helps prevent urinary calculi (water belly). Homestead Goat Starter/Grower provides ammonium chloride and provide the proper calcium to phosphorus ratio to further help reduce instances of urinary calculi.

Pelleted Feeds:  Pelleting prevents the separation of the various ingredients.  Each bite of feed is the same, high quality feed.  Some products may also be available in a texturized (sweet feed) form. 

Added Yeast:  Research has suggested that the addition of yeast in the diet will create an environment in the rumen that allows the “bugs” to work more efficiently for better fiber (hay and pasture) utilization. 

Part of a Complete Feeding Program:  Designed for the specific growth and performance stages of an animal.  Specific emphasis is placed on maximum muscle growth in the meat breeds.  Optimal tissue (udder, GI tract, bone) development is the goal in developing excellent milking replacements.  Supplying proper nutrition for prime milk production is the objective for milking does.

Drug Options:  All approved drug options are added to Homestead Goat Feeds.  Floor stocked medicated feeds will vary by location depending upon requests.  Drug options of Deccox® and Rumensin® are available for cocci control and growth promotion.

Mineral Fortification:  Special care is given to ensure that the levels of trace minerals, including zinc are added to the feeds.  In addition, new technologies have produced more readily absorbed minerals called proteinated minerals including an organic selenium product on the market, Sel-Plex®.  These minerals have been incorporated into all the Homestead Goat Feeds.

Vitamin Fortification:  In addition to the proper levels of vitamins A, D and E, the B-complex vitamins have been added to help production and performance shine in the face of stressors like fast growth, heavy milking, heat and transporting.

Management Tips

  • Newborns should receive colostrum within the first 24 hours after birth.
  • Up to 3 days of age, if hand feeding, offer milk 3 to 4 times a day.  After 3 days of age, reduce that to twice a day.
  • Start kids on dry starter feed as fast as possible.  Start with small, fresh samples daily after about 1 week of age.
  • Wean kids as early as 5 to 6 weeks old but most wait until about 3 to 4 months of age to wean.

Active Drug Ingredients

#36229: Decoquinate 22.7 mg/lb. (45.5 g/ton)
#36231: Monensin 20.0 g/ton
Feeding Directions

Homestead Goat Starter/Grower (#36227):  Formulated specifically for one-week to sixteen-week-old kids when supplemental nutrient requirements are high.

Offer Homestead Goat Starter/Grower to kids as the first feed to encourage early consumption.

Homestead Goat Starter/Grower D22.7 (#36229):  Feed to starting goats at the rate of 1.0 pound per 100 pounds body weight to provide 22.7 milligrams Decoquinate (Deccox®) per 100 pounds body weight per day. Feed at least 28 days during periods of exposure or when experience indicates that coccidiosis is likely to be a hazard.  Feed to goats along with a good quality forage and clean, fresh drinking water.

Homestead Goat Starter/Grower R20 (#36231):  Feed as the sole grain ration. Feed to goats along with a good quality forage and clean, fresh drinking water.

Feed Homestead Goat Starter/Grower in small quantities in a clean well-lit creep area.  It is important to keep feed clean and fresh to encourage consumption.  It is also important to offer good quality hay and fresh, clean water free-choice.

Feeding Tips

  • Divide the suggested daily feeding rate into 2 or 3 feedings per day.
  • Changes in the diet should be made over a 1 to 2 week period to help prevent digestive disturbances.
  • Never feed any feedstuffs that are moldy, musty or suspect in any way.

These products, which contain added copper, should not be fed to sheep or other related species that have a low tolerance to copper.

Homestead Goat Starter/Grower is formulated specifically for goats and should not be fed to other species.

Product Number

#36227—Homestead® Goat Starter/Grower, 50 lb.
#36229—Homestead® Life Goat Starter/Grower D22.7, 50 lb.
#36231—Homestead® Life Goat Starter/Grower R20, 50 lb.

Please Note: This product information sheet is meant to serve as a general overview and is not intended to replace the product label. Always refer directly to the product label for the most up-to-date nutrient content and feeding directions.