A Day in the Life with Dairy Goats – Part 1

A Day in the Life with Dairy Goats – Part 2

A Day in the Life with Dairy Goats – Part 3

A Day in the Life with Dairy Goats – Part 4

A Day in the Life with Dairy Goats – Part 5

How to Trim or Clip Your Goat’s Hair for Milking

 

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5 Responses to “A Day In The Life with Dairy Goats – 5 Part Video Series”

  1. Amanda Ruark Says:

    I just love your page! Thank You for sharing. I was so inspired, I took the
    plunge and made my lifelong dream come true of raising goats! We are now the
    proud owners of 3 Nubian/Boer Cross babies and a 100% Nubian “Mama.” Now,
    [Tina] is currently nursing her baby, whom is nearly 3 weeks old. I have
    begun milking her once or twice a day to keep her production up and noticed
    her entire right side of udder is “dry.” It is “hard to the touch,” and much
    smaller than that of the [L] Nothing comes out upon stripping. It is not red
    or hot-to-touch, therefore, no concerns of mastitis and such. Now, the [L]
    side is fully functioning, giving me about 1 1/2 to 2 cups per day. It looks
    great. No chunks, discoloration or odor. Do you feel it is safe enough to
    drink this milk and should I be concerned about the other side? I am
    assuming maybe baby preferred left side and right just dried up? Previous
    owners weren’t milkers…just raising for market/meat. They are unable to ID
    the problem. Thanks so much for your time and for listening. From one goat
    lover/owner to another…
    Sincerely,
    Amanda R.
    NE Pennsylvania

  2. Jenny Says:

    Hi Amanda,

    I’m happy to hear the news that you took the plunge! Welcome to the world of goats!

    Disclaimer: Legally, I cannot give you veterinary advice but I can tell you what worked with our goats from our own personal experience.

    It is common in new ‘mothers’ to get a congested or ‘clogged’ udder which can result in a firm or hard udder due to the milk clotting. When it happened to my goat, massage helped to loosen things up. I massaged her udder a minimum of 3x a day for 10 minutes each time. It was time consuming but effective. I used a little olive oil on my hands (keeping away from the orifice- a.k.a. teat opening). I did this for several days, watching for any signs of infection such as an udder that was hot to the touch or if she seemed uncomfortable when handled .

    I also tested for mastitis (on the apparently healthy side) and held off using the milk because there are different levels of mastitis. A mild case may not show all the signs. It is best to test and be sure. It is more commonly the above issue (congested udder) but I would test the milk before using it to be absolutely certain it is not infected.

    What I did when I was in your position:
    I kept massaging and trying to milk her to see if I could unclog the udder and get the milk to return. When I got her milking again, I milked frequently to help increase milk production (3x a day). I taped the teat after cleaning (using first-aid tape, replacing at each milking) just long enough to test the milk from this teat to protect the kids.

    When milking, I milked the healthy side first before touching the clogged side to prevent the other teat from becoming potentially infected. I had a separate container for each side to milk into in case she did have an infection in one side. I milked her out completely and disposed of the milk until I knew it was safe (by testing).

    I use the CMT test kit, it is the most accurate. You might be able to find it locally but here is a link so you know what I am referring to: http://hoeggergoatsupply.com/xcart/product.php?productid=3472&cat=63&page=1

    If you find out it is mastitis, here is a link for dealing with this problem:
    http://fiascofarm.com/goats/mastitis.htm Molly has provided a wealth of information on her site for dealing with such issues. We use her herbal wormer for our animals here at On The Green Farms. She also has a massage oil for this very issue (congested udder/mastitis) that I haven’t tried yet but plan to add to my ‘natural medicine’ box. I think you will find her information extremely helpful.

    Hope things clear up soon, literally!

    Jenny

  3. Amanda Ruark Says:

    Thank You so much, Jenny. Most of the things you have mentioned I have already done [with my RN background, as well as nursing mommy background!!], including visiting the 2 sites you mentioned! I truly appreciate you taking the time to address this for me. At this point, I think my biggest issue at hand is making her comfortable in her new environment and as “stress-free” as possible. So true that goats are very “emotional” in nature! This one, in particular, is a very timid goat. She is well worth it, though. She concerns me at present, for the fact that the last 4 milkings have produced next to nothing. Not giving up yet….time will tell!!
    Thanks Again,
    Amanda

  4. Crystal Says:

    Thank you Jenny so much for posting this… I now get to go on a scavenger hunt for these items. I live in a small town so finding these may be tought, but I am determined to do it! Thanks again!

  5. Ben Says:

    Jenny, I made the entire family sit down and watch the videos. We just started milking our goat this week and these videos were our only lessons. Thank you so much. Milking is going great, by the way!