Assuming a goat’s nutritional requirements fit somewhere between that of sheep and cattle is a mistake.
With a growing dairy goat milk industry – no doubt driven by intolerances to cow’s milk – the range is a first of its kind in New Zealand. It came about because the manufacturer has seen goat farmers trying to modify dairy calf feeding equipment, to work with goat kids.
While there is an obvious difference in size between the two species there is also a need to take into account the inquisitive nature of goats, which will climb like the proverbial mountain breed and get inside the feeders,
“As part of the product development we spent a lot of time on goat farms, talking to users and understanding the behaviour of the animals,” says Grant Allen of Stallion Plastics.
“This new range will help them get the job done efficiently and cost effectively with as little hassle as possible. Feedback from initial users is showing that the products are performing better than expected.”
The range offers the ability to feed milk, hay and meal to suit all applications. Milk feeders can be fence mounted or ground anchored and offer a choice of 8 or 15 teats. Capacities range from 25 to 90L. All are fitted with tough goat teats for a long life.
The hay feeders have 12 small holes to ensure goat kids pull out the appropriate amount of hay at each bite. Meal feeders are offered with a choice of 15 or 30kg capacity and a three- or six-hole design. These are engineered to be mounted high on a fence to allow kids to step up, but not to spoil the meal.
As part of the package all mountings are adjustable and have galvanised frames, and where necessary are fitted with carrying handles to enable easy use.