This page will track consumption each month and total it in pounds so we can get an idea of our herd’s consumption on a longer term basis. Unlike the monthly totals that display in ounces, this one shows totals in pounds.
I have Nigerian Dwarf goats and standard sized sheep so to keep this consistent and easy to read, the total number of animals will count each sheep as 2 Nigerian Dwarf goats. For example, as I write this in July 2022, we have 11 adult ND does, 6 ND kids, 4 adult ND bucks, 6 adult sheep and 3 lambs. For simplicity, I will count this as 39 animals.
It is not possible to measure how much the herd consumes out of the feeders, but I can measure how much I put into the feeders and this is the method I use. I keep a sheet in the barn next to the minerals and fill containers to whole ounce numbers for ease of tracking. Whenever I fill a container, I write down the total ounces filled on my sheet, which I bring in at the end of the month to tally and put on the website. What you see here, then, is the total amount I have put into the feeders and/or the small holding containers out at the farthest feeders. Over time, this gives us a picture of consumption even if the amounts entered for a particular month are not totally consumed in that month.
June: We put animals out on pasture at the first of this month. Note the significant increase in Si and CB. I haven’t isolated the issue, but I am grateful that this system allows me to see things I wouldn’t otherwise. Will update when I have info back from the nutritionist.
September: I discovered cats were littering in the feeder kept at the barn, so I cleaned out all the holes and replaced them with one pound each. Notice the much lower consumption overall.
November: 3 rams were removed from the herd, which counted as 6 ND because they’re 2x the size.
December: The buck feeder was refreshed with .5# of many minerals so the total is higher to reflect that.
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