Drying off a doe

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by deineria, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. deineria

    deineria New Member

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    Nov 4, 2009
    Huntington, WV
    We sold our pygmy doeling that was nearly 5 weeks old and dam raised. We made sure she would accept a bottle first, and when that wasn't a problem, we let the couple take her. They already have two wethers.

    Do we need to milk the mom - who has never been milk, as she is a Pygmy -as we would a dairy goat, or will her milk dry up without a problem?

    Thanks
     
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    yes milk her to relieve the pressure so she isnt tight -- may need to be twice a day then you can go to once a day.
     

  3. deineria

    deineria New Member

    49
    Nov 4, 2009
    Huntington, WV
    I did just enough to soften the udder up - should this be the best approach to keep her comfortable and yet dry up quickly?
     
  4. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    yup and if she is on grain I would cut back her grain as well.
     
  5. RunAround

    RunAround New Member

    Feb 17, 2008
    Massachusetts
    Yeah, I cut back on the grain and go down to twice a day milking, then I stop and only milk out enough to relieve pressure.