Milking 3x per day?

Discussion in 'Dairy Diaries' started by fruittartcaprines, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. fruittartcaprines

    fruittartcaprines New Member

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    Mar 3, 2010
    Has anyone ever done this?

    I'm milking my ND who has kids just once/day, but my new goat does not have kids on her, and she is quite a prolific milker. I know that the more you milk them, the more it stimulates milk production - so would milking 3x a day give you even more milk? Admittedly, it'd take some dedication...so it's more of a musing question than anything else.
     
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    I did that one year -- yes it did up the production a little but not majorly so
     

  3. farmgirl1

    farmgirl1 New Member

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    Mar 14, 2010
    Monroeville, NJ
    Never done it. By the way how many hours apart should your milkings be?
     
  4. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Ideally not more than 12 hours apart but if you can find a happy medium for an equal amount of time between 3 milkings a day go for it....I do 4:30am and 4:30 pm because of my work schedule but if I didn't work and was able to do milkings every 8 hours I would.
     
  5. farmgirl1

    farmgirl1 New Member

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    Mar 14, 2010
    Monroeville, NJ
    Thanks! That helped because I will be milking soon and I may do 6:30-6:30 or 7:00-7:00
     
  6. 4kids

    4kids New Member

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    Jul 21, 2009
    I have milked three times a day before. We did it at 6am, noon and 6ish pm. I found that it did increase her production but it also helped me stop a doe that was prone to mastitis from getting it.
     
  7. Shelly Borg

    Shelly Borg New Member

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    Nov 2, 2009
    Redding CA
    I am going to be moving my times to 5 and 5. I found out last year that a later time made it hard to do anything in the evenings.
     
  8. jay13

    jay13 New Member

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    Apr 12, 2009
    Central NC
    I feel like such a sack hound! I milk my gal at 10am and 10pm! its the only time when I don't have my human kids demanding my attention. Thank goodness for barn lights!