Kelp meal is an extremely healthy supplement for goats. We feed our goats kelp meal “semi-free choice”; which means the goats can eat it to the extent that they want, but we still fill the feeder with a flat amount per goat. I fill the feeder at about 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup per goat (daily). Goats eat kelp as necessary (just as they do with loose minerals) and sometimes you might notice that they consume more kelp than usual: this is because that’s what they feel they need. Goats are surprisingly good at self-regulation when it comes to mineral intakes.
Choosing the right quality of kelp meal is important. We choose to feed Thorvin Organic Kelp Meal (you can purchase that HERE). Kelp is fairly expensive, so some people choose not to feed it to their goats solely because of that reason. You can choose how much to give, even if that’s only a small spoonful once a week; if that’s how much you need to feed to get your money’s worth. Although I must say, we purchased our first bag of kelp meal about 9 months ago, and have barely made a dent in the bag; it is still about 3/4 of the way full. I definitely feel that the expense of kelp meal is worth it, even if that means you can’t feed it in full/free choice. The benefits of kelp are extremely interesting, which I will get into right now!
Benefits of kelp meal:
Kelp is high in many minerals; specifically iodine and calcium. Both of these improve urinary health, which is especially important for our boys! Other minerals present in kelp are: selenium, zinc, magnesium, iron, potassium, and copper, as well as many beneficial vitamins. Kelp is wonderful for immune support. Studies were reported that wild sheep have been known to eat kelp, and that has shown to reduce respiratory illnesses in them, and improve overall health.
Since we started feeding the goats kelp, I have noticed a difference in overall health, and resistance to illnesses. Our boys absolutely love kelp, and run straight to the feeder as soon as they see me walk to the gate with a bowl of it.
In conclusion, kelp is an amazing source of beneficial minerals, vitamins, and healing properties. Most goats love it, and it might become a favored treat amongst your herd!
DISCLAIMER: I am not a vet, nor am I a licensed professional. I am in no way a “goat expert” and my opinions are only that of personal experiences, and my insights shared are not medical treatment suggestions, care suggestions, or any directions for raising goats at all. I am simply sharing my own personal opinions. Any and all changes to your goats’ health regimen, care, etc. should be approved by a veterinary professional or licensed professional. I also believe that every goat owner has their own way of doing things, so just as my opinions are my own, and cannot apply to anyone else, your opinions are also regarding your individual goats, and I welcome you to share them in a kind, constructive manner. Disclosure: This post may contain Amazon Affiliate Links, from which I will earn a commission.