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Nutrition of Goats
by A F R C Technical Committee

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This report is a comprehensive review of published information on:

  • the body composition and digestive physiology of temperate zone goats
  • the composition of their products, meat, milk and fibre
  • their voluntary feed intake
  • their associated energy, protein, mineral and vitamin requirements.

The systematic approach is similar to that of earlier reviews of ruminant nutrient requirements published by the Agricultural Research Council in 1980 and 1984, which are factorial in nature. In particular the energy and protein requirements are expressed in terms of Metabolisable Energy (ARC 1980, AFRC 1990) and Metabolisable Protein (AFRC1992), using the models for cattle and sheep as appropriate. The requirements for calcium and phosphorus have been calculated utilising the factors specified in a separate AFRC report published in 1991. The report also identifies areas where there is a lack of research data specific to goats, recourse having to be made to published data for sheep (particularly for voluntary feed intake and the nutrient requirements of pregnancy) or cattle, as most appropriate. The review has 49 tables covering all aspects of the subject, and is fully referenced. It represents an authoritative review for advanced students, research workers and advisors in animal nutrition.


Ideal for goat producers and students, vets and professionals



  • The goat industry
  • Goat products
  • The need for information on the nutrition of the goat

Composition of Products
  • Body and carcase
  • Milk
  • Fibre
Digestive Physiology
  • Digestibility
  • Rumen ammonia and rate of digestion
  • Rate of passage and rumen volume
  • Conclusions
Feed Intake
  • Introduction
  • Feeding behaviour
  • Grazing
  • Species comparisons : stall-feeding, minimum selection
  • Published estimates of feed intake by goats
  • Seasonal effects
  • Water intake
  • Conclusions and recommendations
  • Efficiencies of utilization of metabolisable energy
  • Feeding level corrections for ME intake
  • Requirements for maintenance
  • Requirements for activity
  • Requirements for growth
  • Requirements for pregnancy
  • Requirements for lactation and associated live-weight changes
  • Requirements for gains in body energy in lactating goats
  • Energy supply for microbial synthesis in the rumen
  • Feed nitrogen degradability
  • Apparent efficiency of conversion of degradable dietary nitrogen into microbial nitrogen
  • Microbial nitrogen yield in the rumen
  • Proportion of microbial crude protein (MCP) present as microbial true # protein (MTP)
  • Absorbability of amino acids (AA) in the small intestine
  • Digestibility of undegraded feed protein
  • Efficiency of utilisation of absorbed amino acid nitrogen by ruminants
  • Requirements for maintenance
  • Requirements for lactation
  • Requirements for growth
  • Requirements for fibre
  • Requirements for pregnancy
  • Requirements for live-weight change in lactating goats

Minerals and Vitamins
  • Mineral composition of body tissues, milk and fibre
  • Calcium and phosphorus
  • Magnesium
  • Sodium, potassium and chloride
  • Copper
  • Requirements for other trace elements
  • Requirements for vitamins
  • Rearing kids to weaning
  • Nutrition of the dairy goat
  • Nutrition of fibre goats


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Additional information

ISBN13: 9780851992167
Format: Paperback
Pages: 136
Language: English
Published: 1997

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