SMALL RUMINANTS, BIG BUSINESS

New hair sheep breeds and demand for young meat goats in ethnic markets underpin a thriving sector of the livestock industry.

Taking Stock of Sheep and Goats

If you’re not in the business yourself, you might be surprised at the popularity of small ruminants in Kansas agriculture. The development of hair sheep breeds, with exotic-sounding names like Katahdins, Dorpers and Barbados Blackbellies, have renewed interest in sheep breeding and feeding at a time when sheep-shearers for wool breeds are increasingly hard to find.

The goat industry, which is divided into milk and meat producers, is also experiencing solid demand, especially for young meat goats (50-70 pounds) in ethnic markets on the East and West Coasts, as well as Chicago.

Countryside Feed is uniquely positioned to meet the nutritional needs of small ruminant flocks and herds, from a few backyard animals to several hundred feeder animals. We offer complete feeds in bag or bulk, as well as balancer products and show feeds. Our nutritionists can help you choose the feed that’s right for your operation. 

Lambing/Kidding Nutrition

The third trimester and first two months of lactation bring increased nutritional needs of ewes and nannies. Providing adequate protein, energy, vitamins, and minerals is essentail to supporting and feeding rapidly growing lambs and kids. Countryside Feed, LLC is ready to assist you in developing a nutrition program for lambing or kidding!

Milk Replacer

Weaning healthy lambs and kids are the primary goal of small ruminant operations. Get your orphaned animals off to the best start by feeding good quality milk replacer. Countryside Feed, LLC stocks milk replacers for lambs and kids.

Ask the Expert

Get your questions answered about small ruminant nutrition right here. Our nutritionists take on everything from getting finicky goats started on feed, to hay and forage quality, to minerals and trace minerals and their effect on small ruminant health and performance. To send us a question, simply click the button below and follow the prompts.

Sheep and Goat Products Overview

Sheep Builder

Made in Seneca with local producers in mind

Our Sheep Builder products were formulated by our own in-house nutrition experts as an economical alternative to national feed brands. We took into account local sources of pasture and forage, as well as types of grain and grain by-products, to develop a line of complete feeds, plus customizable base feeds that work for most types of producers across our geography. To learn more about our Builder Brands for beef, dairy, equine, swine, sheep and goats, talk to one of our knowledgable livestock nutritionists today.

Goat Builder

Customizable feeds for meat and dairy goats

Our Goat Builder products were formulated by our own in-house nutrition experts as an economical alternative to national feed brands. We took into account local sources of pasture and forage, as well as what type of animals you’re feeding, to develop a line of complete feeds, plus customizable base feeds that work for most types of producers across our geography. To learn more about our Builder Brands for beef, dairy, equine, swine, sheep and goats, talk to one of our knowledgable livestock nutritionists today.

Purina® Products


Purina leads the way in small ruminant nutrition

With its world-class animal nutrition center at Gray Summit, MO, Purina Animal Nutrition leads the way in research and development of feed products for every stage of life, and across all commercial livestock species. Both of our mills in Seneca and Hillsboro are now licensed to manufacture Purina feeds, due their popularity and strong demand from local producers. Purina offers an extensive inventory of specialty feed products for young animals, breeding stock and livestock with specific health or nutritional challenges. To learn more, talk to one of our nutrition experts today. 

Small Ruminants Team Contacts & Locations


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