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Free-choice goat minerals

Goats eating oats

When you start providing livestock with free-choice minerals, suddenly the options become a bit overwhelming.  We've narrowed our goats' selections down to:

Some goat-keepers also provide:

And if you're worried about your soil being particularly deficient in one or two minerals, presumably you could provide those nutrients free choice as well if you weren't worried about overconsumption.  This last option might hypothetically help remineralize your soil...or you might just end up with a very healthy dog if your canine, like ours, runs along behind the goats to slurp up their "berries."

More cute goats
I'll close with two extra goat shots...because they're cute.  And getting fatter?



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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Dear Anna. You have the most adorable goats ever. Please don't ever stop posting photos of them. Hubby has agreed I can have some of my own as long as they are as cute as yours.

:) Karen B

Comment by Karen B Mon Oct 20 15:03:27 2014

Your goats are super cute, and totally filling in since you started the spoiling. Living vicariously from the dry state...

Hoping to get to visit my local friend with goats next week!

Comment by Jay Sat Oct 25 00:25:21 2014
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