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Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 18, 2012
8:44 AM

Post #9087471

One of my does has scaley skin and a bit of hair loss underneath, especially around her udder. It looked dry and flakey and she is scrathing. I thought it might be mites. I rubbed some sevin dust in the areas until I can get to town for some mineral oil. When I had rabbits a few of them got ear mites. The cure was to rub in mineral oil to smother the mites. It worked great.

Any of you ever encounter what I have described on your goats? What did you do?
Conroe, TX

May 16, 2012
5:50 AM

Post #9125706

Don't have goats, but I know someone who does. I could ask her if she has had this problem if you want. She has lots of goats and had about 45 babies born this spring, we got to watch a couple of them be born.


Eatonton, GA
(Zone 8b)

May 16, 2012
10:32 AM

Post #9126059

Cajun... I just found this! You are doing exactly what I did when I raised milk goats! Mineral oil took care of any type of external parasite! plus being safe for milk usage. the goats didnt look so hot ... but they didnt care! As long as I washed down the udder area really good before milking there wasnt a problem!
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 16, 2012
7:18 PM

Post #9126663

The sevin dust seems to have gotten a handle on it and the mineral oil is the finishing touch. Thanks.
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2012
8:49 AM

Post #9203815

The girls are fine now with no signs of their "battle". They both kidded. One lost her twins because they were born early. One was still born and I guess that is what brought on early labor. The other was weak and died a day later. I bought some goat drench for the second doe's kids should they need help. But they were born fine. Twins, buckling and a doeling. They are growing like weeds and 3 weeks old now. I started latching them a few days ago and I milk the doe in the mornings. Other doe is still milking good but slacked off with a bit of production when I missed milking a couple times when DH was in the hospital having surgery. We are enjoying the milk, cheese, yogurt and icecream. Anybody know if goat cheese can be frozen?
Fort Garland, CO
(Zone 4b)

September 16, 2012
7:25 PM

Post #9277201

Cajun, have you tried to freeze the cheese? Just getting into this forum (Sept 16). I know the milk freezes fine, but we haven't tried to freeze the cheese yet- it doesn't last that long.
Pelzer, SC
(Zone 7b)

September 18, 2012
6:44 AM

Post #9278669

Most cheeses freeze safely, but there's often a change it texture and quality, not for the better. But it's still fine for cooking, in most cases. At least, that's what I found.
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 18, 2012
9:59 PM

Post #9279599

I froze a lot of goat milk last year and it all seperates when I thaw it out. I have been feeding it to the dogs. Haven't tried to freeze the cheese yet.
Wichita Falls, TX

October 5, 2012
9:35 PM

Post #9297165

CajuninKy -- if the frozen milk separates when thawed, could you then make butter?

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