Switching to cows milk from goat milk replacer????

Discussion in 'Kidding Koral' started by bree00, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. bree00

    bree00 New Member

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    Jun 8, 2009
    South Carolina
    I'm considering switching to cows milk instead of milk replacer...should this be gradually or should i just switch??...I keep hearing terrible stuff about milk replacer.. :sigh:
     
  2. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Gradually over the next 4-6 feedings, too fast will cause an upset tummy.
     

  3. bree00

    bree00 New Member

    92
    Jun 8, 2009
    South Carolina
    well..I just got done feeding her some cows milk.....will that really mess her up???
     
  4. GotmygoatMTJ

    GotmygoatMTJ New Member

    What you want to do is switch gradually over a few days. A few days will let you know if it will upset her tummy. Anything you do to a goat needs to be slow to relieve stress or sickness.

    Heres a chart I always go by:

    3/4 replacer 1/4 cow for 3 days
    1/2 replacer 1/2 cow for 3 days
    1/4 replacer 3/4 cow for 3 days
    and then all the way to cow.

    If any upsets occur, switch back to the one before the change and keep on that until the upset is gone and try again with the next change.
     
  5. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    If anything, the drastic change from the replacer to straight cows milk will make her scour more, watch her and you can also add a little plain yogurt to her bottle to help with good bacteria in her belly and intestinal tract, yogurt is a good thing even in those that aren't ruminating.
     
  6. GotmygoatMTJ

    GotmygoatMTJ New Member

    yo baby from yoplai is the best because it has cultures in it.