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Milk Goats
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Becky    Posted 03-22-2002 at 16:02:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have heard that the more you milk a goat, the more milk you get. Supply on demand. And, as the goat ages, does the milk supply increase like a cow or does it decrease.


Donna    Posted 03-23-2002 at 19:09:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
The doe peaks at about 5 to 6 years depending on how well she has been kept up, I have one Nubian Doe that gives 1 1/2 gallons a day she is 3 years old, you need to complently strip them out, I like for mine to rest about 3 months before bred, they hold up better, and tend to be healther, You normally milk a goat 2 times a day, for a healthy udder, I give mine a fist full of striped sunflower seeds to increase the butterfat, and the milk will increase depending on what she is fed.
Donna


Becky    Posted 03-24-2002 at 07:23:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks Guys, your input has helped me a lot. I have mostly pygmy, and just recently obtained two Nubian cross for milking. There is a big difference between just raising goats and milking goats. Thanks again for the help.


Tom A    Posted 03-23-2002 at 13:06:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Becky:

No and yes. If you do not milk out a goat completely, she *will* go dry. She may develop mastitis as well.

How much milk you do get is really dependent on lots of things, including nutrition, genetics, and general health, as well as how often and how well she is milked out. Also, the time since her lactation began is important: does tend to produce increasingly more milk for several weeks as the lactation cycle goes on and then taper off again. So a 'good' goat who is well-fed, has freshened for several weeks, and has been milked on a good schedule with all her milk removed will probably produce more milk than the same one who has been incompletely milked...but it will not just keep increasing with demand. Hope I wrote that so it makes sense.

Tom


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