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Hello, we have two nigerian dwarfs that just kidded two weeks ago. I have begun to milk them once in the morning after they have been separated from their kids through the night. The milk has an almost sour taste to it. :( Could it be that the colostrum is not fully gone (although it is foaming when I milk)? Or could it be some other reason? I have a Nubian that I had milked earlier this year, we got her way after she had freshened. Her milk was amazingly sweet! I want that same sweet milk back and was expecting that from my dwarfs. Any suggestions?
 

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I get it strained and in the fridge pretty quick (or at least I think I am) no different than what I was doing with my nubian. I'll give it some more time. I read also it could be a vit B or cobalt deficiency, anyone have experience with that?
 

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I had the same problem with my FF nd this summer. She had a single doeling and it took almost 5 weeks until her milk tasted good enough to drink. I also copper bolused her as I had read that a lack of copper could cause the "off" flavor. Its great now!
 

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Loose mineral out free choice is best..they will eat all they need when they need it..blocks are hard on their tongue and has too much salt..Copper is a good idea as well as Vit. B complex...a bit of time and perhaps a handful of pine needles to clean the milk up : )

we use an ice chest filled with ice water..we milk, strain and put the milk in quart size mason jars and sit it in the ice bath right in the barn... This will cool your milk faster than frig or freezer...the milk will taste so much better..
 

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and my single is only nursing off one side....that may be the culprit. I was originally putting their milk together. I kept it separate this morning, so I could see if indeed it was coming from the single kid's mother.
 
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