If I want to dry off I do as Crazydog. I go to once a day milking and after a week or so I stop. This year I am going to try to milk a few thru - I have heard a few people say that their does dropped the amount at the end of the lactation and if they kept milking the milk came back up toward spring. But she has lamanchas I have Nigerians. I have a couple of very good milkers so hoping this will work for them. We also have cougars and a bear. Outside lights help I think - we have it pretty lite up around the pen area and I have Niteguards on all corner posts and on some trees further from the pens shinning into the wooded areas. So far things are fine. A neighbor lost quite a few sheep to cougars last year - his field is totally black at night. I also have a radio in my milk area and I turn it up a little at night hoping a predator would stay away if it heard voices. Such a worry.
ADGA reg. Nigerian Milk Goats
and Katahdin sheep.
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