Early drying up?

Discussion in 'Dairy Diaries' started by Michaela Van Mecl, Sep 22, 2020.

  1. Michaela Van Mecl

    Michaela Van Mecl Well-Known Member

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    Sep 3, 2018
    Northern Virginia
    Is it expected that even with consistent twice daily milking , a doe will start to decrease her milk production ?

    It seems to me that my nubian first refresher seems to be slowly decreasing her milk output. At first it was consistently at least a quart twice a day, but I just came in and she milked out a pint and a half or maybe a tad less. I haven't been measuring the pails because I've been discarding due to routine deworming . It's her second round and she's been done for four days now.

    I haven't deceased her feed. Shes in great body condition and gets about 1.2-1.4 lbs of grain mixture twice a day. It's a pound of 50/50 corn and barley , 3/4 cup alfalfa pellets , half a cup of BOSS and a sprinkle of beet pulp. She also gets replamin once a week and nutridrench twice a week on the maintenance schedule
     
  2. ksalvagno

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  3. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    Could she be in heat?
     
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  4. Michaela Van Mecl

    Michaela Van Mecl Well-Known Member

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    Sep 3, 2018
    Northern Virginia
    I haven't seen any of the traditional flagging and other behavior yet, but yes she could be getting close! It's that time. Will that cause a drop off?
     
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  5. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    Yes!
    Mine dropped to half their regular production for a few days.
     
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  6. Michaela Van Mecl

    Michaela Van Mecl Well-Known Member

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    Sep 3, 2018
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    Well that makes me feel better! It resumed to full capacity?
     
  7. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    Yes!
     
  8. Michaela Van Mecl

    Michaela Van Mecl Well-Known Member

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    Sep 3, 2018
    Northern Virginia
    Oh good! I'll keep an eye on it and cross my fingers! I just started making lotions and it's really taking off, AND I just started a herd share....I was super annoyed thinking that it's my luck that my doe dries up just as soon as I get all of that together lol!
     
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  9. goatblessings

    goatblessings Fair-Haven Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2015
    Southwest Ohio
    As the seasons change, many start drying themselves up. At only a quart a day, she wasn't a heavy producer, so I would think this is expected. I like to dry up before breeding to give bodies a rest, although I have a two year old that I'm struggling with. After 2 months I'm finally down to about a gallon every three days, so we are getting there....
     
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  10. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    You mean, someone bought a share of your goat for milk?
     
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  11. Michaela Van Mecl

    Michaela Van Mecl Well-Known Member

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    Sep 3, 2018
    Northern Virginia
    Yes exactly!
     
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