how does everyone dry up their does..what you feed ...do you limit water intake for a little while.?...
I have boers .they are on lush spring pasture ....but I can pen them up and feed?...I need to know what the best method is....love to hear all opinions...
to dry off a doe I usualy limit her grain intake (I feel bad taking it away all together - yah I am a pushover) and then I only milk her out till the udder isnt tight anymore. I do this every day until I go down to once a day then every other day etc progressing further and further apart as I am able.
When I dired Luna for kidding we didn't milk her out completely for like a week and cut back the milking feed ration(still gave about half for maint) then just quit milkin. seemed to work ok, she didnt complain and I got to quit dodgen hooves at milkin time
Mabey someday I will have these critters all figured out. Then I can write an instruction manual.
If a doe is already near the end of her lactation, drying up is usually not much trouble--I just take away grain, switch to once a day, and then every other day milking, and don't milk out all the way. Usually they're pretty much dried up in a couple weeks.
For heavy milkers that need dried up, I wean them off grain and milking more gradually to keep them from being uncomfortable or causing mastitis. I cut the grain ration in about half, but continue twice a day milking (leaving a little each time) until they are producing around 1-1 1/2 quarts for the day (full-sized dairy goats), then switch to once a day and about 1/4 of the original grain ration...and eventually every other day and no grain. This method usually takes a month or more, depending on the doe.
Well for my goats they aren't outside on pasture all the time, so I tend to cut the grain ration by half to start with and milk once every other day... and then cut the grain ration entirely after a week or two, and just feed hay and water while milking every few days... and then not at all just checking.
With the sheep which are out on pasture - I would move them to a field which is pretty bare where grass is concerned... that way they are not getting enough nutrition to produce all that much milk!
I don't reduce water supplies in any cases, as IMO water is important to them whether they're lactating or not, and I wouldn't appreciate MY water supplies being cut =]
For us first of all, I stop feed the grain to them when those babies are not nursing as much, and then when I take them away from mom's I let mom go for a couple days then I will milk her out just enough to take some pressure off. I feel so bad for those mom's. I know how they feel and I just want to milk them out but I know that is not what is best. I give them all the free choice hay they want and water, just no grain at all.
Yesterday poor Hope, she was self suckling to take some pressure off. I felt so bad.
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depends - was she a milking goat, how far into her lactation is she, is she a high producer??? so those all play a factor in how to dry off a doe in just my methods
This is at 3 months of nursing kids..ready to wean.....no... we don't milk our goats ..it is all for the kids ...my does that have trips are still producing enough for trips...very seldom do I have to supplement....We have them on pasture now but as I mentioned before...we can pen them up and feed hay ...what kind should be used? thanks everyone