Concentrate feeding management 6

Concentrate Feeding management:

A healthy goat eats 8%-10% of its body weight per day (approximately 30kg goat will eat 2.5-3kg per day), which comprises of green fodder (70-80%) dry fodder (10-20%) and concentrate feed (10%) and minerals in traces. However, the feeding capacity decreases during the disease and increases during lactation. Click here to know how much to feed exactly depending on body weight. 

Concentrate feed chart for goats:

Concentrate ration

Concentrate ration            <<<<Click to enlarge>>>>


Feeding is an essential aspect of goat raising and may be the highest expense of any goat farm operation. Goats raised for meat need high quality feed in most situations and require an optimum balance of many different nutrients to achieve maximum profit potential. Because of their unique physiology, meat goats do not fatten like cattle or sheep do, and rates of weight gain are smaller. Therefore, profitable meat goat production can only be achieved by optimizing the use of high quality forage and browse and the strategic use of expensive concentrate feeds.

Nevertheless, many people still believe that goats eat and do well on anything. Attempting to manage and feed goats with such a belief will not lead to successful  goat farm.



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6 thoughts on “Concentrate feeding management

  • ram

    Nice information. Can you please let me know the concentrate feed cost per day for the goat that is 30 kg, 50 kg, 70 kg and 80 kg. so that I can calculate the profit and expense.



    • Vani Farms

      Hello Ram,
      On total dry matter intake (DMI), approximately one-third (33%) should be from concentrate feed.. For example, dry matter intake for a 30kg BW goat is 0.97 kg during early gestation (dry matter requirement-3.0%) and 0.323kg (33% of 0.97kg) of concentrates should be provided. But based on our knowledge and to cut cost costs, we are providing 23% of DMI as concentrates and to compensate we are providing rich green fodder. For the calculation, refer to our Goat feed calculator

      So, to answer your question, based on our experience, we are providing 207g, 345g,483g and 552g of conc feed for 30, 50, 70 , 80 kg body weight goats. Our conc feed cost is approximately Rs.12 (but can vary from Rs.10 to 20). Hence our per day conc. feed cost is for 30 kg goat is approximately Rs.3.

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  • suman dey

    i am from west bengal, i am starting my small black bengal goat farm with 30 female and 2 male. i have gone through my whole sale market and approx. feeding grain cost is coming nearly 18/-. please suggest some ideas to cut cost. the cost in my market is maize : 16,
    wheat gran : 21