I have long believed mineral buffet was the way to go in my holistic approach to raising goats. Affording the initial cost of 19 different 25# bags kept me from getting started for years and I feel like it is a major barrier to entry for most small herds so when the time finally came, I bought in a pallet of minerals and decided to do what I could to make it easier for small herds to get started.
If you have a large herd or are able to deal in larger quantities, I encourage you to go straight to the source, Free Choice Enterprises. That page details everything you need to know about the 20 choice mineral as well. They’re great people to work with and they’re doing a wonderful service to the livestock community by making this mineral system available to us.
If you have a smaller herd, these smaller package sizes make for a more affordable and realistic option.
How Long Will These Minerals Last?
It is impossible to know how much each herd will go through since deficiencies will vary greatly from herd to herd, but a very generalized guess is about 10 pounds total mineral consumption per miniature goat per year; double that for standards. You will likely see increased consumption when you get started and deficiencies are corrected, but it will stabilize over time. My own estimates of regular loose minerals were about 20#/miniature goat/year, so this system will potentially lead to less overall consumption. Again, this is just an estimate and you may see more or less in your own herd.