can i feed them? would be easier for me to have them mixed into the feed at the mill.
also, do you change the feed rations (as in exactly what they're getting, as in so much of this or that)to lower protein or raise it, or whatever, at this time of year? or do your milking does get the same ration thru out the year??
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Are you talking about whole dried soybeans? I've never fed them. Would they be too hard? Can you have your local mill crack them? I'll be interested to see the other replies on this.
I'm curious as to the palatability of them.
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There are some drawbacks to whole raw soybeans. You need to be sure it is no more than a small portion of the ration.
They contain enzymes that are killed when they are heat processed that will make it spoil in storage. The fat percentage is very high and can cause acidosis if it is too high of a percentage of the ration. Perhaps your feed mill has a knowledgeable person formulating rations. There are great books with all that info for people in that biz. I would want to know how they are grown because some places (south) use chems that are otherwise banned with little restraint. You would have to know all about the rest of the contents of your mix to just toss in soybeans raw. I think it would be a mistake to just feed them as a single item. You need to keep in mind you do not want to change to a new food source quickly. Slow is the key to changes with goats. The rumen has to produce the correct compliment of organisms to digest the new food and should they take in something they cannot handle the best case would be acidosis the worst would be shutting down the rumen. I would do some reading and go slow if you decide to use them.
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We feed whole roasted soybeans and the goats love them. If you taste them they taste like peanut butter. We use it in place of ground soybeans or calf manna. Our goats don't like to eat ground up feed, they prefer to have it whole grains as much as possible. It works very well on upping the protein of your feed at alot lower cost than calf manna and such.
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We have feed them for years. They add a great deal of protein and fat. I have never fed raw beans only roasted. I roasted them in my kitchen for years until I found a feed store 70 miles away that keeps them for an organic chicken farm. Do you know how glad my husband was when I stopped roasting beans in our oven.
BTW - The roasting portion really makes them milk.
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