When it comes to goats, supplementation just ends up being a part of the equation so we’d like to share our favorite natural goat herbal supplement.
Goats are, in their natural habitat, foragers and will graze on a wide variety of grasses, brush, bark, and leaves. In a domestic environment where they are primarily confined to pasture, they can’t get the normal variety in their menus. As a result, as the conscientious goat owner, we are required to supplement their diets with more than just pasture or hay. Even if you are blessed with a homestead that has a wide variety of plant species for them to forage, they’re likely to still be deficient in one or more mineral requirements. Commercially, there are a myriad of possibilities, all touting to be better than the competition, spouting promises of shiny coats, increased milk production, stronger muscles, and whatever slogan their marketing gurus can come up with. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking those multi-billion dollar companies and all the millions of dollars they’ve spent on research.
There are some great products out there and I still use a few. But, my instincts tell me that natural is better if at all possible. So, I searched high and low, spent hours (not billions of dollars) doing my own research, and came across a couple websites that recommended Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Legacy and his Vitalherbs formula. So, I decided to give this a try. All I can say is, “Wow, what a difference!” Formulated on the basic principle that food is medicine and the body needs real food to provide the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and probiotics we need to thrive, Vitalherbs uses a carefully blended combination of some of the most nutrient dense herbs available. Vitalherbs consists of the following:
Organic Alfalfa, Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Dandelion, Kelp, Dulse, Spirulina, Irish Moss, Rose Hips, Beet Root, Nutritional Yeast, Cayenne, Blue Violet, Oatstraw, Carrot, and Ginger
You can buy Vitalherbs or make your own. My goats love this and I could see a significant difference in my herd almost immediately after adding this formula to their menu. Because it is essentially a whole food supplement, dosage can be varied depending on needs. You can’t overdose. We offer our dry does, whethers, bucks, and kids about 1 Tblsp each daily and offer our lactating does free choice. If you live in an area that is deficient in Selenium, you can also add raw pumpkin seeds to the formula. And, this formula is also very effective for two legged creatures on your homestead too! Add some to your breakfast smoothies or put them in empty capsules and stop taking those nasty chemical or synthetic vitamin supplements every day. Human dosage is 2-6 capsules or 1 tsp- 1 Tblsp daily. Let us know how it works for you and your herd.
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