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I have two alpine does I am drying up. I started by milking them half way out twice a day until they were starting to feel a bit more empty each milking. I then went to one milking a day and one of them is not producing much anymore but the other is still producing quite a lot. I never let them get over filled and always put their milk into the same bag to freeze for soap. Today I saw a lot of blood at the bottom of two bags. How does one dry up a goat while trying to fix mastitis? We had a run of it this year and I milked her 3-4 times a day for a few days and she was fine after that. I’ll milk them into two separate pails next milking to figure out who is the culprit but when should I milk them and how often should I milk the one with mastitis?
 

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I have two alpine does I am drying up. I started by milking them half way out twice a day until they were starting to feel a bit more empty each milking. I then went to one milking a day and one of them is not producing much anymore but the other is still producing quite a lot. I never let them get over filled and always put their milk into the same bag to freeze for soap. Today I saw a lot of blood at the bottom of two bags. How does one dry up a goat while trying to fix mastitis? We had a run of it this year and I milked her 3-4 times a day for a few days and she was fine after that. I'll milk them into two separate pails next milking to figure out who is the culprit but when should I milk them and how often should I milk the one with mastitis?
You have to treat and get rid of the mastitis before you dry them off. It will come back when they freshen again. Send a milk sample to a lab for culture and sensitivity before putting anyrhing in the udder. Red top blood tibes work for this.
 

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You have to focus on the mastitis problem now, no milk should be left in the udder - Udder should be massaged with lavender and tea tree oil diluted in some coconut oil or olive oil to help relieve pain and tension. A warm epsom salt compress as well as a bentonite clay udder mask (2x daily) will help to draw out toxins. The goat should orally receive a treatment dose of garlic and vitamin c chewables (about 500-1000mg a day).
 
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