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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Gabby, Jan 19, 2017.

  1. Aug 9, 2017
    Green Acres Farm

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    If you keep the kids out of a doe, you can put them in with her during the time you can't milk or will have to wait longer than usual. When I do that, I usually milk whatever is left anyway and give it to the dogs, so I don't have to go though the trouble of pasteurizing it, etc. That's the part I don't like.
     
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    Ginger's Goats

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    Of course! Thank you! And i was just wondering because, if we milk her in the morning, go to some festival across town, plan to be back by 8:00 PM (we're gonna milk at 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM), and get stuck in traffic, get home at 12:00, pass out on the couch as soon as we walk in, Would this be absolutely suicide? (I know it differs between breeds. We're planning on a pygmy.) Thank you! I think i may have repeated myself... If this changes the result, lemme know! If no, Thanks for your knowledge! I appreciate you and @Green Acres Farm!!!
     
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    Ginger's Goats

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    We already have two pygmies, and i think for our set-up, we can handle 4 average size goats, comfortably. We'll be selling the doe's kids after 3 months. So keeping them would be helpful, but we are happy to keep it a small farm, and if we kept the kids, it would get big, quick. Also, I know if you wait longer than 18 hours between milking, it's bad. If you pasteurize it, will it matter how far apart it is? (This may be a stupid question..) we where planning on pasteurizing it anyway since we're new.
     
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    Goat Whisperer

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    It depends on the doe, some does have plenty of space to do a sudden 24 hour fill while others don't. I'd do a "test run" first on a day you are home to see how the does do. If they are extremely engorged and/or leaking milk they can't go that long.

    Truthfully I'd probably do the midnight milking. Wouldn't be the first time ;)
    When you only have a doe or two it's not a big deal.
     
  5. Aug 10, 2017
    Ginger's Goats

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    Thanks Goat Whisperer!!! Really appreciate your help!!! One last thing, How long do you think it'd take you to hand-milk a quart or two out of a doe? I realize most people don't hand-milk, and if you can't answer this, you've helped more than enough already!!! Thank You!!! Have a great day!
     
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    Goat Whisperer

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    Depends on the goat, teats, flow, orifices, and the person milking the goat.

    I hand milk all my goats and can milk extremely fast so it would probably take less than two minutes.

    Running goats back and forth and cleaning/feeding on the stand takes longer than actual milking (for me).

    I am faster than a machine, and while I farm sitting someone's alpine herd (all machine milked) I asked if I could hand milk too. I'd put the machine on one doe and hand milk the next- I always beat the machine. It was great though, cut down the milking time immensely.
     
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    OneFineAcre

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    @Goat Whisperer "helped" me milk mine once.
    She is much faster than me :)

    I had to hand milk the Togg's this past Saturday. It took me an hour to milk the 2 of them.
    Takes Maurine about 8 minutes each.
     
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    Ginger's Goats

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    LOL!!! Okay! Great!!! Somewhere between 8 minuets and half an hour. LOLL!!! Thank You!!!
     
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    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Moderator

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    I hand milk one Lamancha, one teat at a time, takes about 10-15 minutes total, gives about a quart and 1/2 - 1/2 gallon.
     
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    Ginger's Goats

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    That's tremendous! Thank you very much! I strongly appreciate ya'll!!!