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Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by goatskeeper, May 24, 2010.
what is "fist" lactation and "late" lactation?
First lactation can refer to a maiden doe's first freshening or to any does beginning of lactation, late lactation means that the doe has been in milk longer than 6 months, depending on the breed as most dairy breeds will be "in milk" for up to 10 months.
Example: My does are Nigerian Dwarfs and they freshened in late February and Early March and because I choose to dry them off in October to prep for breeding they are in milk for 8 months so at this point, they are still in the "first" or beginning of their lactation, in another 6 weeks they will be in their "late" lactation.
i found these curves on the net: http://www.aipl.arsusda.gov/reference/goat/laccurv.htm
what i had noticed is that in late lactation the milk production is high, but i was believing that the milk production decreases with time as first lactation curves say.