- May 10, 2010
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- Anderson, CA
But I haven't always milked every other day, or even once a day....I used to be a "normal" goat owner and milk two or three goats twice a day. I dam raise most of my kids and will sell the kid "cold turkey" at weaning and the doe doesn't necessarily get milked. Depends on the doe and if I can catch her or not. This year I started selling off does that I couldn't catch but up until this spring I had goats that I had never milked. I ended up with a couple of very sore teats on two FF last year that had singles and wouldn't let me milk them. Eventually I had to hobble them and almost hog tie them but not until the teats cracked from being so full, it was a mess. Mother and daughter too.This isn't a very fair comparison though as the goats are not milked every day or 2x day... every other day or longer is not producing the same volume... and I know you ... you will throw them on that stand if they get too full!
I don't intend to milk year round in the dairy so when we are done, we are done. And yes, there will be some cold turkey drying offs, I can guarantee it. It won't pay to milk a few and keep it, and it won't pay time wise to milk and toss it. Also, goats being goats it will have everyone in a tizzy if I only milk part of them.