KidGro

Goat with kids - Kidgro milk replacer from Grober Nutrition

Kid Milk Replacer

  • Milk Replacer for rearing Replacement Doe Kids and for feeding Meat Kids

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Tips for feeding Kid Goats

Key Points:

  • Offer smaller meals more frequently (minimum 3 feedings per day)
  • Provide plenty of fresh water
  • Encourage grain consumption

Kid Goats (under 2 weeks of age) are considered pre-ruminant

  • The omasum and abomasum make up 70% of the digestive system
    • Compare this to weaned / adult goats – 70% of digestive system is rumen and reticulum
  • Kid goats have difficulty digesting starch until the rumen starts to develop (around 2 weeks age)
    • KidGro Milk Replacer is LOW in starch – perfect for the pre-ruminant phase

Bloat in Kids

  • Bloat = overproduction of gas caused by organisms (not necessarily pathogenic) in the rumen or abomasum shortly after feeding

 

  • Causes of Bloat
  • Non-feed material causing problems in abomasum
  • Management issues leading to poor rumen development
  • Quick growth of microbes that produce excess gas
  • Too much time between feedings

Feeding Guidelines for KidGro (22/25) Milk Replacer:

  • Milk Replacer Intake:
    • 0.5-0.7 litres/day for first week
    • 1.0-1.5 litres/day thereafter.
    • AIM for average daily gain of 140-250 grams/day
  • Ensure Proper Mixing
  • At approximately 1 week of age, grains and forage should be introduced. This will encourage bacteria populations and rumen development
  • Offer unlimited fresh water

Consider Cold/Ambient Milk Feeding

When fed at 20ºC, animals will drink smaller meals, more frequently

Acidified milk feeding

  • Contact Dr. Neil Anderson (OMAFRA) for more information.

Bottom Line:

  • Offer smaller meals more frequently (minimum 3 feedings/day)
  • Provide plenty of fresh water
  • Encourage grain consumption

Technical Specifications

Guaranteed Analysis
This feed contains added selenium at 0.3mg/kg

Crude Protein Minimum 22%
Protein from Milk Sources Minimum 22%
Crude Fat Minimum 25%
Crude Fibre Maximum 0.15%
Ash Maximum 7%
Calcium Actual 0.95%
Phosphorus Actual 0.70%
Vitamin A Minimum 40,000IU/kg
Vitamin D3 Minimum 4,000IU/kg
Vitamin E Minimum 150IU/kg

Mixing Instructions – for 1 litre of KidGro

1. Measure 2. Mix 3. Add 4. feed
150g of powder per litre of solution (A scale provides the best precision) with 0.5 litre hot water (60°C) for 3 minutes using a good whisk or a paint mixer 0.4 litre cool water and mix for 1 minute
(Total 1 litre)
The milk solution at a temperature of 38-40°C
(body temperature) (thermometer provides best results).

Colostrum

  • The newborn kid should receive 50ml/kg bodyweight maternal colostrum (first mother’s milk) right after birth and every 6 hours in the first 24hours.
  • This will help provide protection against future infections.
  • First milking colostrum of mature does can be kept frozen in ice cubes and slowly thawed when needed.
  • For CAE free flock, goat’s colostrum can be heat treated as long as some rules are followed since the antibodies contained in colostrum are heat sensitive.
  • Ask your veterinarian or Grober representative for details

Daily Feeding Guide for Bottle feeding

Kid Age mL of solution/feeding no. feeding/day
Day 1-2 250  ( colostrum) 4
Day 3-5 300 3
Day 6-14 500 3
Week 3-6 800 2
Week 7 800 1
Week 8 500 1

General recommendations

  • Start feeding milk replacer once newborn has received colostrum.
  • The suggested feeding program should be considered as a minimum. Approximately 10 kg of milk replacer will be consumed per kid.
  • Quantities offered should be adjusted to weight, increasing gradually from birth to weaning.
  • Any change in the feeding schedule should be done with judgement, according to growth, size, general health and stool consistency.
  • Frequent feeding of small amounts decreases chances of digestive upsets.
  • Weigh lambs regularly to ensure that milk intake is adequate.
  • Reconstituted Kid-Gro may be refrigerated up to 24 hours. Discard any unused portion after 24 hours.
  • If warmed in microwave only use medium setting and mix thoroughly and regularly. Check temperature before feeding.
    The milk replacer solution can be served in a nipple bottle or via a lamb bar.
  • Free-choice milk is served at room temperature; do not leave kid bar empty for more than 2 hours.
  • Maximum kids per group are 10.  Teats should be at 40-45cm (16-18ins) above the stall floor.
  • Clean ALL feeding utensils and equipment after each feeding: rinse in lukewarm water, wash with a detergent in hot water, rinse with clean water (ideally a 10% bleach solution once a day) and dry thoroughly with a ‘clean’ towel.
  • Consult your veterinarian for any signs of disease, fever, parasites, …

Starter ration, water, forage and weaning

  • Introduce a quality starter ration from 7-10 days of age; offer small quantities twice daily.
    Offer good quality roughage at 2 weeks of age. Do not feed silage before 6 weeks of age.
  • Fresh, clean water should be always available, particularly when consuming a significant amount of solids.
  • When the kid is consuming a minimum of 120-250g of concentrate ration per day for more than 2 consecutive days, the weaning process can be initiated. Consult your local feed dealer for feed recommendations.

NOTE: Store this product in a cool dry location, protected from the sun. To maintain freshness, keep partially used bag closed tightly after opening and store in a clean, closed, plastic container.

CAUTION: Directions for use must be carefully followed. Do not use in association with another feed containing supplemental selenium.

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