Goats are basically herbivores. They feed on grass and just anything else they can get at times. It is not strange to see a goat tearing into a paper of a plastic bag. However, when such happens, there are deeper underlying issues that should be of more concern to the owner. For instance, this can imply that the goat is lacking important minerals such as calcium. Goat should be fed on hay and green materials such as Napier grass. The most important thing to understand is that the goat is a herbivore and just like any other domestic animal, it should be taken care of well. Goats need hay especially since they are not foragers. Another important meal for the goats is the chaffhaye which refers to the alfalfa or just grass which has been cut early. It is then cut up into small pieces which are then sprayed with molasses. A culture of bacillus subtillis is then added and the mixture is vacuum-sealed into a fifty-pound bag. This ensures that the mixture ferments while in the bag. This process adds good bacteria which aid in the fermentation process which in turn adds more nutrients and minerals to the food.
The third thing that goats should be fed frequently is grains. These may include whole grains, rolled grains, texturized grains, and pelleted grains. These add fibre to the diet which is necessary for the digestion. In addition to these main foods, goats like snacks although there are differences when it comes to the snacks they like. You should take time to study your goat and understand the kind of snacks it likes. Some of the most common include sweet snacks and human foods. These include dried fruits, and corn chips. Food supplements such as loose minerals and baking soda should be added to the diet just to provide the goat with additional mineral and vitamins. These are readily available at the commercial feed stores and there is a wide variety to choose from depending on whether you are rearing milk goats or meat goats. Having said that, it is important to remember that the most fundamental concept is to understand the needs of your goats and feed them appropriately.