Posted 05-27-2003 at 03:25:40
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If the mother and the kid are healthy, they'll do OK in terms of giving/receiving enough milk. And, as another poster mentioned, if the kid is active, don't think you have a problem.
If possible, get someone in your area to show you how to milk. It isn't hard, but there's a definite technique that should be used. If your goat has never been milked, it will go much easier for the *BOTH* of you, if you already know how to milk.
When I kept goats, we used a milking stand that restrained the goat. It was a platform that put the goal at the right height for milking while standing.
The goat would come up a ramp, stand on the platform and eat feed from a trough. Once she began feeding, her head was restrained, so she couldn't back away from the trough. This assembly was built into a corner of the goat shed. The backwall, prevented the goat from falling or jumping off the other side of the stand. The feed trough was attached to the other wall of the corner. Thus, the platform was open only on the milker's side.
Another restraint that will work, *IF* the goat allows you to milk, is to put a chain on her collar. Then, attach the other end of the chain to a fence post. A pan of feed gives her something to do while you're milking. IF she doesn't want to be milked, all the chain does is to keep her within arms length.
It's hard to say whether there'll be any extra milk for human consumption. If it's a "milk" goat breed, chances are there'll be plenty milk to share with you. If the goat is a "meat" type goat or what we refer to as scrub/brush goats, it's less likely. The size of her udder will be a fairly good indicator.
Use your favorite search engine and keywords associated with goats for a wealth of information on breeds, milking, care of the milk, and more. Order some good books, and above all, try to find someone locally who can help you and your wife get started, correctly.
Hope some of these thoughts are useful. I wish we still had goats. We gave up ours due to outside job demands. However recently, I've been giving a lot of thought into keeping them again. They can be a lot of work and a lot of pleasure, too!
|Jim in Michigan ||
Posted 05-26-2003 at 20:32:26
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First off,,is the baby goat up and around and playing? if so its getting its milk,, watch and see if it eats...second if there are wolves or coyotes in your area dont get fainting goats as they are like candy to predators.Now about milking the goat,,,I wouldnt, save the milk for baby.as to if she will stand or not to be milkes,,some will some wont,, find some books on goats and read them,, try the book called Barnyard in your Backyard by Gail Damerow its a good book and helpful....if ya have any questions email me,,,Jim