Supplements – Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a source of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, in particular, phosphorus for goats. It is reputed to help strengthen the immune system, improve digestion, and balance internal pH. When added to water, it helps keep the water fresh. You can buy Apple Cider Vinegar at Stockfeed stores and add your own Garlic but many stores there days are selling ACV with Garlic added.

Using ACV for goats is sometimes a controversial but many goat owners do use ACV for their goats and indeed all their livestock.

True Apple Cider Vinegar is a brown cloudy colour, not the traditional clear colour like the vinegar you would use in your kitchen.  ACV is believed to offer many nutritional qualities including significant levels of vitamins and minerals derived from the apples used.  It is also reputed to have high levels of Potassium, which aids in good blood flow, something that is important for pregnant does especially in the case of multiple births. 
It is also said that ACV assists with the absorption and utilisation of Calcium, phosphorous and copper.

Some goat breeders who take a more holistic approach use ACV to help reduce scouring in goats, mixed with Slippery Elm Bark to make a thin paste and drenched.  These breeders report that it only takes one or two doses to stop the scouring.

ACV is said to help the digestive system of goats by relieving gas buildup thus reducing the risk of bloat.

There is an old wives tale that ACV added to the water of bucks and does can result in a higher ratio of doe births but there are no studies at this time to validate this.

Recently a member posted on the  MGBA Members Facebook page asking about the benefits of ACV  and the dosage. Here are some of the answers:

Sharon Tempest: I used barley hay several years ago because I couldn’t get oaten but I found they didn’t do as well and left more. Having said that we get really good oaten here it’s nice and green and short in the stalk. We use raw ACV in their hard feed, they won’t drink it in their water and it’s more palatable I think in the hard feed disguised by the molasses. We hard feed twice weekly at the moment and I use 4 cups per feed for about 40 goats.

Svetlana Mitin: I give acv to goats in a water with molasses. They love it! Twice or three times a week. Half of a cup of double strength acv with garlic in 10 l bucket.

Krystal Jones: I put 800ml cider vinegar in water 200/300l troughs and have no problem With them drinking it I do it until you can just taste a hint keeps the roughs cleaner as well.

Jan Roberts: I use ACV every other day about half a cup full in a litre of water mixed in their hard feed. They sometimes snort at it but it all gets eaten in the end. Mums get a good drink with warm molasses when they’ve just given birth with acv mixed in too.

Krystal Jones: [it’s] meant to help prevent bucks and wethers getting stones, if you are feeding Lucerne and high protein foods. 

By adding Garlic you are adding antibiotic, antiviral, anti-fungal, anthelmintic (wormer), anti parasitic, expectorant and many more benefits.

So how do you give Garlic to goats?  Many goats love eating the cloves as a treat or added to there water and feed as above. 

Disclaimer: The information and products offered or suggested on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please make sure your veterinarian is aware of any vitamins or minerals you are giving your animals.