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Goat Housing, Bedding, Fencing, Exercise Yards And Pasture Management Guide
Goat Housing, Bedding, Fencing, Exercise
Yards And Pasture Management Guide
Felicity McCullough

Goat Housing, Bedding, Fencing, Exercise Yards And Pasture Management Guide

 

Bedding For Goats

Bedding is more important for a healthy goat then most people would think of at first consideration. It serves a number of purposes including providing a comfortable material to lie on, keeping the goats warm and keeping them away from draughts.

The bedding must be completely mucked out periodically, which involves the complete removal of all bedding. The entire living area will need to be cleaned with bleach at this time.

There are a number of possible materials that can be used, including: straw, wood shavings, wood pellets, sand, bark, corn stover which is husks and stalks, chopped corn cobs, peanut hulls, oat hulls, dried leaves and shredded paper without ink. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages.

In the end, it usually boils down to what is available in your area and the associated costs. Remember though that the materials have to have a good quality because goats tend to eat at least a little of the bedding.

It is very important to maintain the bedding as dry as possible. Wet bedding will mould and then turns into a source of respiratory problems. It will also no longer keep the goats warm. Here are four tips to achieve this goal:

(1) Keep the goat's drinking water outside, so that it isn't knocked over or spills onto the bedding.

(2) Also, put the bedding on top of pallets, so that urine and droppings will fall through and leave the bedding relatively clean.

(3) Remove wet areas and droppings from the bedding daily and replace with some fresh bedding. This will keep the bedding fresher longer.

(4) A very good, inexpensive option for bedding is a bottom layer of sand to absorb the urine and a top, thick layer of straw.

 
Felicity McCullough  
1st March 2016  
   

Goat Housing, Bedding, Fencing, Exercise Yards And Pasture Management Guide
Goat Housing, Bedding, Fencing, Exercise
Yards And Pasture Management Guide
Felicity McCullough

Goat Housing, Bedding, Fencing, Exercise Yards And Pasture Management Guide

 
 
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