Weaning

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by KaryLou18, Jul 5, 2020.

  1. KaryLou18

    KaryLou18 New Member

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    May 27, 2019
    Oregon
    Is it necessary to wean baby goats if there are no plans to rebreed the doe?
     
  2. CountyLineAcres

    CountyLineAcres Well-Known Member

    Jan 22, 2014
    Mineral Ridge, Ohio
    You don’t have to. Does tend to wean them on their own. I’ve heard some funny cases of yearling does still nursing lol, but as long as that doe is in good condition, she should be fine.

    However, if it’s a buckling, you should definitely wean unless you wether him.
     

  3. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Yes, it is good to allow her, to dry off milk supply, so she can recoup and be healthy.
    It can be stressful on her.

    If you allow her babies to continue to be on her, she may keep allowing them, even at a year old ect.
    Some does will not wean their babies.
    They do drain her.
     
  4. KaryLou18

    KaryLou18 New Member

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    May 27, 2019
    Oregon
    The baby is a wether and is now over 1 year old. His sister stopped nursing awhile bace but he is persistent. The doe is doing great and shows no signs of cutting him off.
     
  5. KaryLou18

    KaryLou18 New Member

    3
    May 27, 2019
    Oregon
    Will her milk eventually dry up? The wether is over a year old.
     
  6. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    She may have mastitis on one side if the other kid was nursing from one side.

    When drying off, we have to watch their udder and milk them as needed if they get too tight.

    She will need less rich feed and no grain while drying off.
     
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  7. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    Yes she will eventually dry up. No reason to suspect mastitis at all after a year of lactation. You might be surprised the doeling may be sneaking in once in a while. If they are all healthy and happy and you aren't breeding the dam, no worries.
     
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  8. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    You cannot predict if they are going to get mastitis or not.
    If they are in milk, they are susceptible to it. Can never say never. ;)
     
  9. goatblessings

    goatblessings Fair-Haven Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2015
    Southwest Ohio
    Personally I would milk her out, tape her teats (well) and reduce grain. You may have to separate for a while to decrease supply.
     
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