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This is my first post- I am currently milking three does and noticed my milk was tasting slightly goaty. I dislike this very much! Tonight I narrowed it down to which goat it was, and she's the goat I've been milking since the start (3 years). Can the taste change as they age? They're Nigerian Dwarf and she's not even 4 years old, no signs of mastitis, but I'll be testing with strips tonight.
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There shouldn't be any changes in milk taste due to age. 3 years is a short span in a milker's life! It could be due to something she's eating that the others aren't or, perhaps, a lack of particular mineral.
 

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There shouldn't be any changes in milk taste due to age. 3 years is a short span in a milker's life! It could be due to something she's eating that the others aren't or, perhaps, a lack of particular mineral.
That's what I thought. We're in a very northern climate, so our girls are inside for the winter, all contained and with a non gmo textured ration, good hay and loose mineral and soda available at all times.
 

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Most of the time, a loose mineral is not enough. Most of us have to supplement copper and selenium in addition to a good loose mineral.
 

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Tonight I did a very thorough check, udder looks great, did a dip test for mastitis, negative. My milking routine is very sanitary, immediate filtration.
The only thing I wonder is when her kids were weaned about two months ago she got a pretty bad cut on her ear. I had seven kids this season (bottle feeding) so this is really just the start of us consuming the milk- could such an injury and her body's response to it have altered the taste of her milk?
 

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I have a LaMancha doe named Mama, when she cycles her milk is very goaty and stays that way for about 3-4 days, it tastes best about 2 weeks before her cycle and lasts about 4-5 days then goes normal until her cycle, story- Mama had a retained placenta and got antibiotics after kidding, I don't drink the milk for at least a week after kidding because the colostrum tastes bad, when she was done with the antibiotics (and milk with hold) she was still on daily B complex shots, her milk was yellow but boy that was the sweetest milk I have ever had. story 2- food will change the milk flavor a lot, mesquite beans give the milk a mild sweet flavor, whole peanuts give the milk a super creamy thicker pudding like flavor, lacking minerals/vitamins will affect the milk for the worse, somewhere I read breeds like Toggenbergs where bred to naturally have a B vitamin deficiency to make there milk stronger for cheese, now I don't know if that is true as I have never had a Togg to experiment with.
 

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I've noticed a slightly goaty taste in milk when I over grain a doe and she gets clumpy and soft stool. It goes away as soon as her stool is back to normal. But this only happens to does that are sensitive to grain. I have some that can eat a lot with no problems and some that can only handle a little. It sucks when it's time to trim hooves because the grain sensitive does end up over grained because it's hard to keep then still enough to do a good job on their feet with out giving then some grain.
 
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