Feed Intake by Lactating Goats in Confinement
ExampleWe will use a 50-kg dairy goat with 0 body weight (BW) change producing 3 kg of milk with 3.5 % fat and consuming a diet with 11 MJ/kg dry matter (DM) of ME.
The source used in this calculation method is:
Luo, J., A. L. Goetsch, I. V. Nsahlai, J. E. Moore, M. L. Galyean, Z. B. Johnson, T. Sahlu, C. L. Ferrell, and F. N. Owens. 2004. Voluntary feed intake by lactating, Angora, growing and mature goats. Small Ruminant Research 53:357-378.
Nsahlai, I. V., A. L. Goetsch, J. Luo, Z. B. Johnson, J. E. Moore, T. Sahlu, C. L. Ferrell, M. L. Galyean, and F. N. Owens. 2004. Metabolizable energy requirements of lactating goats. Small Ruminant Research 53:253-273