Udder Development

Discussion in 'Dairy Diaries' started by Courtney De St Jean, Apr 28, 2020.

  1. Courtney De St Jean

    Courtney De St Jean Member

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    Apr 18, 2019
    Lakeville, IN
    Hi All -
    So I have been a goat fanatic for awhile (guilty, sorry husband) and am now am beginning to get more into milk and milking genetics, milk testing and etc. I was wondering if you all had any tips and tricks for maximizing udder growth and potential? In the past we have always had dam raised kids, then at two weeks started separating the kids at night and milking once a day in the AM until the kids are weaned and to their new homes. I know a lot of folks who focus on milking pull the kids at or around birth and start 2x daily milking. Thoughts?
     
  2. Chelsey

    Chelsey Well-Known Member

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    Dec 6, 2018
    I personally think it’s healthier to dam raise, but if milking is your goal and you have the time and facilities to pull, then I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I would probably keep the babies on mom for at least two days to make sure they’re thriving enough to be bottle babies. So many people have different ways, and I don’t think there’s only one ‘right’ way. If it works for you then its obviously right.
     
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