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Udders- Good/Bad/Ugly/Improved UPDATED! 3/12/18

Discussion in 'Breeds & Breeding - Goats' started by Southern by choice, Nov 25, 2017.

  1. May 15, 2018
    Southern by choice

    Southern by choice Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    She may have had damage to one side of the udder. Or possibly mastitis at one time that damaged tissue.

    It will be interesting to see how she freshens next time.
    When do you plan on breeding her?

    This is where a good buck will play a role in the offspring.
    The udder looks too far forward and the lateral attachments either are not visible or she lacks lateral attachments.

    Bringing in a buck that will improve udder on future doelings is what you want to look for.
     
  2. May 15, 2018
    rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Loving the herd life

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    Oh I probably won't breed her until next year or so. I'm hoping she won't need to be freshened this year since she's producing so much more than I need right now.

    I'm in contact with a breeder at the moment that will hopefully allow a live cover for her when the time comes. I do not want to breed to a Nubian (so freaking loud!!!) and don't have the ability to keep a buck on hand at all times so hopefully I can pay for the live cover and have a start on her future doelings.

    This doe is here to stay, she's like a giant puppy so I will build from her or wait until she passes to bring in another doe but I'd like to breed up with a buck that would help the future does.
     
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    Southern by choice

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    Breeding up is great. There are rewards to it as well. Especially when you love all things about a doe except the udder needs improved. I have a doe, farther back in the thread and we have built up off of her. She has the sweetest milk. She is a Lamancha as well.

    Just make sure you test her and the buck you use should also be tested. At least for the bare minimum of CAE. We recommend CAE, Johnes, CL
     
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    rodriguezpoultry

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    Yep! She is clear and the person I'm hoping will allow it is clear as well per annual testing. Thank you!
     
  5. Jul 5, 2018
    Jesusfreak101

    Jesusfreak101 Loving the herd life

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    I am about to go milk I am going to post pictures I want to hear it all. I love this doe she a sweet girl. I love her milk completely obsessed she has a jersey cow(cream and sweetness wise best way for me to describe) like milk that everyone who tried it says it's the best milk they have had(I am about the only goat milk they have access to try lol I love to share cracks me up the 360 degree change some have). This is still her first freshing and if what y'all say about the next several that she increase I might be in milk heaven and won't need a third goat lol. She produces (I always for get to weigh) 1 1/2 quart jars- 2 quart jars off a milking once a day.
     
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    What can you tell from a young doeling's teat placement, overall look as far as udders are concerned? Anything?
     
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    Jesusfreak101

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    She not all that full this morning I didn't milk her on time yesterday. But I can post fuller pictures later.
     

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    Southern by choice

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    Really hard to tell much without an adequate fill. She does appear to milk out beautifully though. Having somewhat of a fill shows the udder height better as well as attachments.
    From these pics I would say she doesn't have enough support at the top (escutcheon area) and that causes the udder to hang down. The udder is a bit too far forward and a narrow escutcheon. This is causing her legs to be in the position they are.
    Sounds far worse than it is. LOL You have a lot of good to work with for offspring. Using a good buck that can improve rear leg placement, width and udder height would be advantageous.
    She looks in really good condition. She also looks like she could make a lot of milk if given the chance... I know you don't want to do 2x day milking... but it would be nice to see what she could do. ;)
    What freshening is this?
    We have a trainwreck of a doe that gives the best milk, lots of milk, and is the hardiest of all goats. We kept her. :D When I say train wreck I mean it. But by using good bucks her offspring have been amazing. 1 of her daughters has gone RCH 2x and GCH 2x has a Sr milking leg and was best udder in her class... this is NC where competition is tough. We have bred that daughter and are retaining the doe kid... So, if you like her and feel all the qualities are outweighing the negatives then just "breed" up. :):):)
     
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    This is her first. When she was being milked twice a day I was getting a gallon lol we had a hard time keeping up and having milk go bad. I wasn't ready to start making cheeses. She great milking but she the only one I milked so I am biased lol. I have to get some pictures of my current buck and see what y'all think I prefer not to sale him I love his temperament he very easy to handle even in a rut. My other girl is driving me crazy she still hasn't gave birth I haven't seen Buck try to mate her recently so I am pretty sure she was breed.
     
  10. Jul 6, 2018
    Jesusfreak101

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    This is her udder completely filled. I ll take a picture of my buck to see what y'all think I am still extremely new tp this. I picked these out for our homestead mostly because they the ones I fell in love with not so much for build lesson learned lol
     

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