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Old 11-13-2013, 08:26 PM   #1
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Default Dam raise VS bottle raise

I am new to goats....7 months into it but have started with 6 very nice does. 3 LaMancha's and 3 Alpines. I am leaning towards Dam raising, putting the kids up at night and milking only in the mornings. I plan to use the milk for personal/family use and make a little cheese and soap. I understand all about the CAE prevention and my Does have come from CAE free breeders (only 2 breeders). I plan to test for CAE each year and I plan to show. How many people show and Dam raise and is it working for you? any problems with does ramming the kids to death (like I have heard)? any advise on this subject would be appreciated.


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Everyone has their own preference re: dam or bottle raised for their own reasons.
Our dam fed kids are just as friendly as any bottle kid minus the obnoxiousness.
As for ramming, do you mean inutero or after kids are born?
No one has ever hurt someone else's kid.
In almost 8 years only one abortion from being repeatedly rammed against a bldg by a herd queen.
It came back to bite her in the behind, she hasn't settled since.



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I am new to goats....7 months into it but have started with 6 very nice does. 3 LaMancha's and 3 Alpines. I am leaning towards Dam raising, putting the kids up at night and milking only in the mornings. I plan to use the milk for personal/family use and make a little cheese and soap. I understand all about the CAE prevention and my Does have come from CAE free breeders (only 2 breeders). I plan to test for CAE each year and I plan to show. How many people show and Dam raise and is it working for you? any problems with does ramming the kids to death (like I have heard)? any advise on this subject would be appreciated.
I dam raise and have had no problems.. This far.. I love my dam raised kids not so pushy and in your face like bottle kids lol!
I let mom and kids stay together day and night for two weeks.. At one week I start milking in the am.. Though they are still with mom so it's not much... But it's mostly to get my FFs used to being milked.. Then start a full fill at two weeks.. Then wean at 8-9 weeks..

Any other things you would like to know? Sorry, I know I am missing stuff.. It's been a long day lol
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Default As for ramming, do you mean inutero or after kids are born?

After the kids are born is what I meant, a friend said it has happened to a breeder friend of hers....and do you show your goats? does that pose a problem when you have to show and they are still on mama? that was the other "con" my friend brought to my attention; hauling the kids to the show and hoping in with mama and nurse her out before the show, and or leave them at home and struggle to get them to take a bottle. Any thoughts? I REALLY appreciate all the information, I can't tell you!!!

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My guys have always been gentle with the babies.. They let them know they mean it.. But mine have never hurt any of the kids before..

When I have kids born/nursing in show season I either, put them in a crate for the trip to the show, and bring a dog Xpen for them and another for the does, and then after I milk the does half-3/4 way out I let them nurse.. Or I leave them home with a doe that I'm not showing and give them a bottle.. If they are hungry enough they will take a bottle.. Other wise.. That would be their loss for the day... I have had some kids that are a little tougher to get on the bottle but after a night/day with out mom/food they take it no problem.

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We bring dams & kids all to a show if one happens during show season if dam is showable.

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You can also separate at night and give them a bottle or a lamb bar in the morning before putting them out with mom. Then they know how to do both.

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You can also separate at night and give them a bottle or a lamb bar in the morning before putting them out with mom. Then they know how to do both.
That's a good Idea I have had a few kids I had to put on bottles at a few weeks old and did that before switching them over totally to the bottle
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You have been most helpful , I think I will stick to my original plan and try the Dam feeding, I think I have 4 bred, two more to go....

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You can always try it and if it doesn't work for you then try bottle raising you just gotta find what works for you



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