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Discussion in 'Dairy Diaries' started by Ana, Dec 1, 2020.
Yes, once they are at least 2 weeks old and strong and healthy.
When I treat my doe's udder with today or tomorrow, should I milk it out each time even if she is dry?
How about when this is the 2 or 3 treatment?
I shave udders. Not bald but close to it. The last thing I want to be doing is trying to wash dried blood and discharge off a newly fresh udder in freezing weather I also clip the underside of the tail, bob it, and trim the hair down the whole back end that might get covered in uck that’s hard to wash off.
I have some very high producing does but even with lower producers I milk from day 1. I don’t strip unless the doe has a single. Every milk doe I’ve had has outproduced her kids intake in the first few days. I want them to make a lot of milk so not keeping the udder empty “tells” her to produce less milk.
These are market types but they’ve just gotten their kidding clips for this year. On the black doe I can just follow the brown lines! Then I tidy the back of the udder and clean all the long hair away from the teats.
Ana, I have not seen where anyone said anything about the colostrum milk. The udder will fill up and the kids will drink all that they need in the first 24 hours. The colostrum will not do the kids any good after the first 24 hours. After that milk all the colostrum out of the udder and it will start making good milk for the kids. If the kids cannot handle all the milk the doe produces, then milk most of the milk out at least once a day and this will help clean the milk up faster and also help relieve the udder and increase milk production and take care of the udder. Good luck.
Yes, always milk out the today-tomorrow before reinserting new.
I had to shave my girls before milking my nubian crosses had really fuzzy udders.. also my nigerian dwarf so is super shaggy. Helped with less hair in my milk. I shave em all right before they freshen. Helps with less transfer of dirt and bacteria. This just works good for me