Drying up does at weaning time

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by toth boer goats, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    how does everyone dry up their does..what you feed ...do you limit water intake for a little while.?...
    I have boers .they are on lush spring pasture ....but I can pen them up and feed?...I need to know what the best method is....love to hear all opinions... :wink:

    WELCOME~!! :cool:
     
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    to dry off a doe I usualy limit her grain intake (I feel bad taking it away all together - yah I am a pushover) and then I only milk her out till the udder isnt tight anymore. I do this every day until I go down to once a day then every other day etc progressing further and further apart as I am able.
     

  3. Thanatos

    Thanatos New Member

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    Mar 16, 2009
    Lake Ariel, Pa
    When I dired Luna for kidding we didn't milk her out completely for like a week and cut back the milking feed ration(still gave about half for maint) then just quit milkin. seemed to work ok, she didnt complain and I got to quit dodgen hooves at milkin time :)
     
  4. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    thanks everyone... there are sure different methods... and I love hearing them.... :wink:
    keep them coming... :greengrin:
     
  5. FunnyRiverFarm

    FunnyRiverFarm New Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Hudson, MI
    If a doe is already near the end of her lactation, drying up is usually not much trouble--I just take away grain, switch to once a day, and then every other day milking, and don't milk out all the way. Usually they're pretty much dried up in a couple weeks.

    For heavy milkers that need dried up, I wean them off grain and milking more gradually to keep them from being uncomfortable or causing mastitis. I cut the grain ration in about half, but continue twice a day milking (leaving a little each time) until they are producing around 1-1 1/2 quarts for the day (full-sized dairy goats), then switch to once a day and about 1/4 of the original grain ration...and eventually every other day and no grain. This method usually takes a month or more, depending on the doe.
     
  6. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    depends - was she a milking goat, how far into her lactation is she, is she a high producer??? so those all play a factor in how to dry off a doe in just my methods
     
  7. lesserweevil

    lesserweevil New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Well for my goats they aren't outside on pasture all the time, so I tend to cut the grain ration by half to start with and milk once every other day... and then cut the grain ration entirely after a week or two, and just feed hay and water while milking every few days... and then not at all just checking.

    With the sheep which are out on pasture - I would move them to a field which is pretty bare where grass is concerned... that way they are not getting enough nutrition to produce all that much milk!

    I don't reduce water supplies in any cases, as IMO water is important to them whether they're lactating or not, and I wouldn't appreciate MY water supplies being cut =]

    LW
     
  8. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    For us first of all, I stop feed the grain to them when those babies are not nursing as much, and then when I take them away from mom's I let mom go for a couple days then I will milk her out just enough to take some pressure off. I feel so bad for those mom's. I know how they feel and I just want to milk them out but I know that is not what is best. I give them all the free choice hay they want and water, just no grain at all.
    Yesterday poor Hope, she was self suckling :tears: to take some pressure off. I felt so bad.
     
  9. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    This is at 3 months of nursing kids..ready to wean.....no... we don't milk our goats ..it is all for the kids ...my does that have trips are still producing enough for trips...very seldom do I have to supplement....We have them on pasture now but as I mentioned before...we can pen them up and feed hay ...what kind should be used? thanks everyone :wink: :greengrin: