Goat with lumpy rock hard udder

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by PineHill Hobby Farm, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. PineHill Hobby Farm

    PineHill Hobby Farm New Member

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    Mar 11, 2018
    We have a milking doe with a rock hard udder. She kidded 2 months ago. She had a nice udder, would deflate very well after milking, easy to milk, overall an almost perfect udder and very suddenly turned rocky. It feels like there are three rocks in the udder, one big one and two, not-so-big ones. The milk doesn't taste any 'goaty' taste or 'salty' taste or any off taste at all. She doesn't have any bloody or grainy milk. She acts normal, she isn't sick. We are just wondering what can it be and how to treat it.
     
  2. goatblessings

    goatblessings Fair-Haven Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2015
    Southwest Ohio
    Sounds like congested udder. Heat, massage, peppermint oil on the udder and milking until the knots are out. Milk 2-3 times with massage per day. I would do a mastitis test just in case.
     

  3. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
  4. PineHill Hobby Farm

    PineHill Hobby Farm New Member

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    Mar 11, 2018
    Okay, should we dilute the peppermint with another type of oil? We did try to massage her udder before but it feels like you are massaging a rock. There is no knots, just a 'rock'. On one side there is a solid 'rock' and the other side is two smaller ones. How do we do a mastitis test?
     
  5. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Coconut oil is good to put the peppermint oil in.
     
  6. Ranger1

    Ranger1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2014
    Could also be mastitis or CAE. Has she been tested for CAE?
     
  7. PineHill Hobby Farm

    PineHill Hobby Farm New Member

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    Mar 11, 2018
    No, we didn't test her. We bought her from a milking barn. She is a year old, first freshener.
     
  8. goatblessings

    goatblessings Fair-Haven Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2015
    Southwest Ohio
    You might have to be fairly aggressive in massaging to break up the knots in the udder. There is a mastitis test at TSC you can get - or order california mastitis test. Cae is good to test for - it can exhibit with ongoing mastitis issues.
     
  9. Ranger1

    Ranger1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2014
    I would test her soon. CAE often runs rampant in goat dairies.
     
  10. goathiker

    goathiker I'm watching you Staff Member Supporting Member

    That's because dairies pool milk to feed kids. One positive doe's milk might be fed to the whole crop of kids.
     
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  11. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California