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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Beginners Goat Raising
    My Kiko for had a kid on Sunday and he has been drinking plenty of mom's milk but only from one teat. The other teat is pretty big. I managed to get ahold of her and squeeze some milk out of it but now she avoids me if I get too close. Think she will be ok? The kid is doing great.
  7. Dairy Diaries
    Hi all, I'm looking for a metal milk stand, I have a wooden one that I built but I'm not thrilled with it. It's too hard to move around because I made it to work for the boers as well.Im going to be selling my two big boys soon. I have Nigerian Dwarfs if that makes a difference in sizing. I...
  8. Beginners Goat Raising
    Hello! This is my first year doing dairy goats (my second year keeping goats). I have three does: Patience is my mama goat, Stability is her kid (born May this year), and Bunny is the unrelated companion goat. I've been doing the first pull method where I separate the kid at night, and milk...
  9. Health & Wellness
    Hey Everyone, We have run across something that to us seems very strange. Our doe kidded on Sunday, and a few hours after kidding, when I went to milk her out to get the colostrum (we bottle feed), I noticed that when I squeezed the teat, I could fee small round-ish lumps in the teat and udder...
  10. Dairy Diaries
    I am going to get a stall in my barn poured with concrete for a milk room!!! I need some ideas to keep it as organized and functionable as I can! Any ideas and pictures of your own would help out a ton! Thank You, Nigerian Dwarf Goat
  11. Dairy Diaries
    I probably said that over a hundred times yesterday! I went out to milk her for the first time this freshening. What a little brat! Before hand, I made a hobble out of bailing twine, because I didn't think I would need it. Well, she kicked the bucket over about 30 times and i had had enough! I...
  12. Beginners Goat Raising
    We have a doe, her second kidding, and she has been bagging up 4 weeks before her due date. Forums and books sometimes say if the udder gets hard and shiny, it may be necessary to milk her out - does anyone have experience with this? Is it best to milk a little at a time only, just to take the...
  13. Health & Wellness
    Hopefully this is the right section since it's a health related milking question. I was told once that, after milking, leaving the goat on the milking stand and allowing her orifices to contract will reduce chances of mastitis. I've googled a bit and per usual I can't come up with the correct...
  14. Goats For Sale
    So our herd reduction continues this year! Now that our Nigies have been dispersed, we have 2 STANDARD LAMANCHAS to re-home. Both are ADGA registered, and will be available this spring AFTER KIDDING. They will be able to go home IN MILK once the colostrum clears up--- $500 EACH (includes ADGA...
  15. Dairy Diaries
    I would like opinions on the best quality, cost effective hand milking starter kit. This spring I will have (hopefully) 3 does freshening. The ones I've seen look good but I'm unsure of the sizes needed in buckets or cans and would like some experienced input here. Thank you
  16. Beginners Goat Raising
    Hi All! Four weeks ago our NDG Doe gave birth for the first time. The wife and I started trying to milk her two weeks in and we're learning but her teats are uber small. I have done a lot of research and watched a lot of goat milking videos on youtube. Unfortunately, I haven't found a good...
  17. Dairy Diaries
    I found this best looking pail on Jeffers supply. I'm wondering if anyone could take a look at it and offer an opinion as to whether it would be good for milking since it doesn't say anything in the description about being used for milk...
  18. Dairy Diaries
    Which do you think is better and why? Is there any benefit toward one or the other?
  19. Dairy Diaries
    Hello all! I am new to milking and have a production question. My lamancha, Betsy, has 6 week old triplets that we are separating at night. I milk her in the morning and was able to get 600-800 mL each day with that one milking for the first couple weeks. Now, I am getting 1000+ mL each morning...
  20. Health & Wellness
    What am I doing wrong? I purchased two registered nubian does from a lady who claimed she had never had a minutes trouble with either of them...she was just reducing her milk herd. They are beautiful, now 4 and 7 years old. The seven year old did not get bred last year (our buck was young)...
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