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beginnergoater
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« on: July 08, 2016, 01:42:32 PM »

Well the local county fair is in a few days, and I'm doing my best to get prepared.  Does anyone have any tips on feeding the day before/morning of the show, this is my first show with goats and I'm worried about them being bloated.  I'm bringin one market wether and two breeding does(all were born in Jan.)  All of them are high percentage boer,  thanks!
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imalilbirdie
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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2016, 05:46:56 AM »

I'm not a show person myself...but I would think you would want to keep them off foraging and grazing to prevent the filling of the rumen and thus making them appear bloated.  Fresh hay and their grain meals would probably be best.

One of the other members will be here to answer you that does show and they can help you through this.  Good luck at the show, and please let us know how you and your goats do.  Have fun and stay safe.
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nancy d
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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2016, 10:13:03 AM »

Hmm, I don't do anything different. Some folks limit the hay.
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dragonlair
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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2016, 11:51:33 AM »

When I showed, I used to feed soaked beet pulp and alfalfa pellets with a limited amount of hay the morning of their class, same as when I showed my dairy girls. They looked well fed but not fat.
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Julie H
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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2016, 01:21:26 PM »

I never did anything different when my kids showed 4-H.  My goats and sheep back then were on pasture 24/7 with hay available all the time.  I never remember them being bloated looking.  I do agree with the others that if anything is going to give them that bloated look it is fresh pasture/ browse and I would take them off the night before a show.

Good luck!!
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