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Milking out colostrum??

Discussion in 'Birthing, Weaning, and Raising Young Goats' started by newbiekat, Jan 5, 2017.

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    newbiekat

    newbiekat Loving the herd life

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    I have a momma that kidded this morning. Her bag is huge. She needs milked. I don't want her to get mastitis... How do I milk her it without "taking" all of the colostrum? Do I just milk out like a cup, or a couple squirts, or what?
     
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    Southern by choice

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    The first 12 hours is when the colostrum is used. She is still producing it though.
    How many kids did she have? Are you Bottle feeding? Dam raising?
    I would milk it all out or close to all and save it - freezing it in ice cube trays.
     
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    newbiekat

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    She has twins, she is nursing them, we are not bottle feeding. But she is producing more than those two can eat.

    She had them this morning around 5 so her 12 hrs is up. I've heard they need 3 days of colostrum? If we milk her out, will she produce more colostrum or will it turn to milk faster? Are we stripping her of the nutritious colostrum, I mean, will she produce the same quality of colostrum if we didn't milk it out? Idk if these are stupid questions..
     
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    No stupid questions. I would milk her out until she is comfortable. I was told that I can put my goat into the dairy string after she has been milked out completely 5 times; at that point the colostrum would be gone. The kids really only need the colostrum for the first 12-24 hours.

    Pictures???
     
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    Goat Whisperer

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    I agree. Milk her out and stop once the udder is getting softer.

    Freeze any of that liquid gold you milk out of her :) ;) We always freeze some out of each doe yearly.
     
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    Thanks guys. I am heading out to milk her now.
    These are the boy/girl twins (guess which one is the boy) from yesterday morning, when it was 5*... IMG_20170104_104752983.jpg

    IMG_20170104_163848277.jpg

    These are my twin boys from this morning. And she's the one I'm going out to milk. VZM.IMG_20170105_054700.jpg
     
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    How stinkin cute are they?!? Oh I love them!!
     
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    Southern by choice

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    Beautiful kids! :love:love:love :weee:weee:weee:weee
     
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    And you should always try to freeze colostrum. You never know when something will go wrong and you have to have it. I had the same belief when I was breastfeeding my daughter. I froze A LOT of my milk and ended up needing it for my cousin's son when she had the flu. I'm just saying it could come in handy at any time
     
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    babsbag

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    What adorable kids, love those spots. :love But then I have been a sucker for spots for many many years, probably started with 101 Dalmatians as a child. :lol:
     
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