Goat Feed Calculator
Goat feed cost is one of the major recurrent expense in running a goat farm. One should provide optimum quantity of feed to maintain health and good growth in goats. Farmers sometimes tend to overfeed/underfeed goats resulting in economic losses.
Below is the Feed calculator I’m using to get approximate amount of feed to be provided to goats in my farm. Use the table below the calculator, to find dry matter intake (DMI) for your goat and then use the calculator to know how much to feed Dry fodder, Green fodder and Concentrates.
Depending on the stage of your goat find the DMI percentage on the DMI table below. For instance, for a lactating goat DMI is 2.8-4.6%. Insert this value and body weight into the goat feed calculator to find how much to feed.
If you have any comments/corrections/suggestions regarding this calculator, post it in comments section.
Dry Matter (DM): Dry matter represents everything contained in a feed sample except water; this includes protein, fiber, fat, minerals, etc. In practice, it is the total weight of feed minus the weight of water in the feed, expressed as a percentage. It is determined by drying the feed sample in an oven until the sample reaches a stable weight. For example sorghum or co4 grass contains 18% DM, rest is water.
Dry Matter Intake (DMI):Dry matter intake is the amount of feed a goat consumes per day on a moisture-free basis.