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Why You Would Not Want to Feed Your Animals Off the Ground

 
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Jama
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 3:49 am    Post subject: Why You Would Not Want to Feed Your Animals Off the Ground Reply with quote

Feeding on the ground results in considerable feed waste and contributes to the spread of disease, especially internal parasites(worms). Forcing goats to eat off the ground or pen floor puts them at risk for ingesting worm larvae and coccidia oocytes.



If goats are able to stand in their feed or feeders, they will defecate and urinate in the feed. If you feed off the ground, the goat is basically eating where they defecate & urinate.



Egg worms are passed through manure. The eggs hatch and can attach themselves to the feed or hay that the goat eats off the ground.



Goats naturally do not eat downward to the ground. If you were to watch goats they are eating leaves from trees, vines, they love poison ivy, weeds, shrubbery which are generally not contaminated by feces that might contain worm eggs and larvae.



Goats will graze downwards if grass is all that is available. Grazing long pasture can help control worms, because larvae tend to be concentrated at the base of the sward.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great info. i could not feed mine off the ground. 1st they wouldn't eat it & second they can get enough health issues with out creating them. i sure wouldn't want to eat off the floor so why would they.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ours won't touch feed that hits the ground, except for the kids, who will eat a little hay from the ground. They are very picky.



Mind you, any dried leaf on the ground, they'll eat that. Smile



Trying to make them eat more of the grass in their field, but they really don't like that either, and just cry out for hay if we leave them with empty feeders. Might try expanding the fields so they can find 'clean' grass with no goat berries around it. Picky eaters! But then, we have no worm problems, so I should be grateful.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ours won't touch food that is not in the feeding troughs either. And their hay has to be in pristine shape for them to even consider eating it.



If any food happens to fall on the ground our birds will clean it up.
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