Nutrients for ruminants, by Charlotte Mouland
Forage should make up at least 60% of a ruminant’s diet, so keep other foodstuffs (vegetables, sweet treats, etc) to a minimum; Body condition score is a really effective way to monitor an animal’s diet ( Country Smallholding, September, Vet’s View). The same principles apply in all species; Know the preferred feeding patterns of the species you keep, eg goats are browsers and so will like to climb and take a varied diet by choice; sheep and cattle are grazers and therefore grass is their preferred foodstuff.
It is illegal to feed any scraps that have come from your kitchen to farm animals in order to prevent disease spread. For more information visit www.gov.uk; Feed sweet treats excessively. This way you will keep the rumen bacteria happy.