Need a little advice .................

Discussion in 'Kidding Koral' started by Rogersfarm, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. Rogersfarm

    Rogersfarm Member

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    Jan 24, 2010
    Southeast Texas
    Sophia kidded on5/26 with twins and we just sold her babies today.The lady was antsy and wanted to bottle feed some so that she could keep them friendly so she took them maybe a little earlier than 8 weeks.The kids were eating feed and hay just fine but still on sophia.They both were huge babies and still fed off sophia.This evening she was crying a little and was pretty full of milk.Should we milk her down a little everyday until she drys up so that she don't get mastitus or just let her go.We have never milked her before so it will be a task i am sure.
     
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    yes you need to milk her off some to relieve the pressure. Do this until her body stops producing milk. At that point you will need to milk her off all the way so that the milk doesnt stay in her udder.
     

  3. Rogersfarm

    Rogersfarm Member

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    Jan 24, 2010
    Southeast Texas
    I understand what you are saying about relieving the pressure, but about emptying the udder, wouldnt that cause her to re-lactate?
     
  4. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    The emptying of her udder is after she's stopped producing, the process of drying off a capacious doe can sometimes take up to a month. Milk her daily, just enough to soften her udder, a little less each day and cut her grain intake too, you will notice her udder getting smaller in a week, once she's not so engorged, wait another week and totally strip her out...the milk you get will be thick and off color but it's best to get it out as opposed to letting it sit in her udder til she resorbs it or her next freshening. IF she starts filling again after the final strip out, let her be but it's unlikely that she will.