Drying up my crickie. Ugh!

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by Sfgwife, Aug 3, 2020.

  1. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki
    For two weeks now we have been trying to start this overachiever drying up. She has been in milk for a bit over a year and half now. I have cut to no grain grain, no alfalfa hay, she gets one handful of alfalfa pellet mornin and night.... and btw she is REALLY pissed about this lol. I am def starving her just ask her. Anyhoo. She grazes and has good timothy orchard hay and that is it. But i am STILL having to pull milk from her every day. A few days i have been able to wait 36 hours but maybe two and it was raining those days. I milk only until her udder is not hard and even that take two to four cups.... she usually gives me a bit over half a gallon a day. She just wants to milk and milk and i want her to dry up so we can breed her for early next year kids.

    Got any tricks up your books for me?
  2. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Breed someone else and keep milking her.

  3. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    I have one of those girls. Emmie..we tried drying her up and she's not having it! We get about half gallon once a day milking. Been in milk since Feb 2019. We have no plans to breed her so we decided just to milk her.
  4. goatblessings

    goatblessings Fair-Haven Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2015
    Southwest Ohio
    I had a very milky doe as well (actually a couple), I stagger,,,,, going to 1x per day, then 1x every other day, then 3 days etc. It definitely takes a while, but I was able to get them dry in about 2 months.
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  5. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki
    Hahahaha! I have seriously thought of doin just that. But here is my dilema.... Bee will be bred for a ff. If she decides she doesn’t want to be a mama then i can possibly give crickie her kids... crickie was feeding two not her own kids before she came here. Also we bought crick inn milk and i want to see kids from her. So i really wanna dry her off. Buut this whole overachiever has me rethinkin my plan. Lol!
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  6. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki
    The absolute most i have been able to let her go is 36 hours so far. :/. And even when i milk her i only take enough off for her udder to not be tight. I have only done once a day even then.
  7. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki
    @Ranger1 have any ideas about my overachiever?
  8. Goat Whisperer

    Goat Whisperer Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2018
    Breed her, bred does are easier to dry up IMO.

    Even our milkiest doe "dried up" 10 days prior to giving birth. Before then, I was having to milk her at least 1x/day.

    They will generally start to slow once they are bred, we never wait to dry off before breeding. We prefer to give 8 weeks of dry time before freshening, but sometimes it's not possible.
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  9. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki

    I am gonna. ;).
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