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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.
 

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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.
 

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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?
 

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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.
 

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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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