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Goat kid rearing

The first 8 weeks will make all the difference

Sprayfo’s LifeStart Principle is at the forefront of our approach to rearing animals: best rearing practice will lead to better productivity.

Best rearing practice means:

  • Quality colostrum

  • The right feeding plan with a quality milk replacer

  • Good hygiene

  • A healthy rearing environment

Colostrum first

Feeding high-quality colostrum on Day 1 (and 2) is critical to neonatal health in any animal.

Colostrum intake is important for passive transfer of immunity but also for growth factors, antimicrobial components and fats, which are a direct fuel source.

Immunoglobulin G is the component most essential for passive transfer of immunity.

A high-quality colostrum should contain a minimum of 22% milk solids (measured with a Brixmeter) which equates to an IgG content of 50g/L.

Select a quality milk replacer

A quality milk replacer will lead to heavier kids at weaning, but this is not the only benefit; growth in the first 8 weeks (pre-weaning) is what determines the goats’ long-term productivity.

The differences in milk replacers are mainly a reflection of the raw materials used and the method of production.

Sprayfo products are a combination of dairy and vegetable ingredients, made using a unique proprietary production process – Trouw Nutrition’s Spray Dry system.

The Trouw Nutrition Spray Dry System makes Sprayfo a unique and consistently high quality, optimally digestible milk replacer.

Goat kid growth performance

We recommend two Sprayfo milk replacers for goat kids:

Sprayfo Primo Goat is a whey-based goat milk replacer, ideal for enhancing rumen development and very popular with New Zealand goat rearers. Why do we recommend whey?

As a starter option, we offer Sprayfo Alpha Lamb (a curding product).

On farm advice for goat kid rearers

Not sure which milk replacer would best suit your operation? Or, maybe you’d like some advice on housing set-up?

As an AgriVantage customer, you have access to our rearing specialists for practical advice, anytime.

Other rearing products you might be interested in:

launchpad18 colostrum powder

Colostrum powder

Stalosan F

Biosecurity Aid

Biopect

Anti-scour Prebiotic

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