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  1. Health & Wellness
    I have a doe who gave birth on March 2nd. I just recently sold her son, she had twins, girl and boy. I’ve noticed that her udder is filling up and im wanting to know if i need to milk her or not. It looks like it did when she bagged up the day of giving birth. The girl still nurses and i think...
  2. Dairy Diaries
    Hi So I have a goat and I was milking her, as normal, and I was milking her for me to use. I was doing the first squirts and her right side seemed completely fine all the way through milking but her left side was something I have never seen before. The left side felt a little different than...
  3. Dairy Diaries
    I have a 1/2 nubian-1/2 mystery doe who I got from auction over a year ago. I recently started milking her. I started by separating the kids at night and milking her once in the morning. She was only giving me about 6 oz at first but that was about two months ago, if not less than two months...
  4. Health & Wellness
    Hey everyone! It's been awhile since I was actively participating on here. My baby, Emma, a 2 y/o pygmy purebreed, was bred w a purebred pygmy buck I keep on location. They're both small, so I wasn't expecting there to be much of an issue. She is a first freshener and so I was excited but...
  5. Health & Wellness
    I have recently started milking one of my does. She has started to seem bigger similar as if she is pregnant. There is a chance she is tho. You’d we my buck had gotten out one day and was with the does while i was away for just a day. I wasn’t too worried about it because non of my does were in...
  6. Dairy Diaries
    Hi Gang, We decided to "Darn Raise" (my hubby's term) this year. WIt's been over a decade since we've done it this way. So a couple of Q's: We're prepping to begin milking tomorrow. One mom (F1 mini LaMancha) has triplets and a lovely supply of milk. She is 3 weeks into lactation. Second...
  7. Dairy Diaries
    Help!! My doe just kidded yesterday. I tried to milk her a little bit today to make sure my runt is getting milk. I could only get milk on one side. I could feel the milk inside the nipple and could feel I it come out as I milked. The other side I could barely get any milk into it. Very very...
  8. Dairy Diaries
    Hello, I have a question, What kind of equipment are you using to milk your goats? I think there are multiple ways. Could you please share how do you do it? Thank you Hubirland Homestead
  9. Health & Wellness
    We have one mama goat who has very very large udders (she arrived with us still full of milk and pregnant, and we won't be breeding her again). Her new kid only drinks from one side as she won't let her drink from the other, which is obviously huge and gets scratched and chapped easily. She also...
  10. Dairy Diaries
    I recently came across someone with this milking pail. The lid fits snug to the pail and has a hole in the center for a filter!! Literally nowhere to be found and i’ve looked and looked and looked and they clearly do not make them anymore. I would happily pay +shipping if anyone has one laying...
  11. Dairy Diaries
    Does on a 10 month lactation cycle only get a 2 month break before their next kidding. Is this really enough time for a doe to completely dry up and recuperate from such a lengthy cycle?
  12. Beginners Goat Raising
    Hello all, we’ve had our two lovely LaManchas, one FF mama and her 4 month old doeling, for a little over one month now. I’ve been training mama on the milk stand for a few weeks and she’s been doing great. I currently hand milk only and I get a very little amount of milk at each milking, about...
  13. Goat Management
    Does any one know where to buy a good but cheep milking stand?
  14. Health & Wellness
    Hello all. I have a kid with listeriosis that has been treating at the vet since Friday. He is 5 months old and still occasionally nurses. The mamas udders look very full. My question is, does she need milked out or will she dry up? She does not like human contact so anytime we need to do...
  15. Dairy Diaries
    I am having trouble understanding what seems to be a simple instruction. "Milk your doe until the udder is empty". Seems pretty straight forward. Well, what I had assumed, is that meant at some point you would get no more milk despite any efforts to milk out more. I get to the end and I...
  16. Dairy Diaries
    So I know that milk should be chilled as fast as possible, but how fast is fast? What I'm trying to decide is where to set up my milking parlor. My two options are in my barn which is about 100 feet from the nearest refrigerator or in my garage where I have a fridge and I could basically milk...
  17. Goat Management
    I am new to this forum and new to kidding. I have owned goats for almost two years. I have seven new babies and had hopes of selling all but two. When do I train them on the bottle? My oldest is two weeks old. I was thinking you could transition any time, but finding out that isn’t true or...
  18. Dairy Diaries
    Hi all - I have a weaning question. I currently have three does, and do pasture rotation on a weekly basis. I milk one of them (Patience) daily, and have been since early May 2019. I've read that folks typically wean the kids around 3 months, and sell them or rehome them, etc. However, I kept...
  19. Dairy Diaries
    Good morning everyone- I need some milking help/advice! I have 2 does in milk. The first doe we have had for 1 year and we have just begun our second freshening with her. She is about 6 years old and we were the first to milk her. I had to train her myself last year- we were both new together...
  20. Dairy Diaries
    Hi All - So I have been a goat fanatic for awhile (guilty, sorry husband) and am now am beginning to get more into milk and milking genetics, milk testing and etc. I was wondering if you all had any tips and tricks for maximizing udder growth and potential? In the past we have always had dam...
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