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For your average milk goat (not the champion milkers), how much could one expect from each milking? I know this depends on the breed, so if you've had experience with a particular breed, I'd be especially interested.
Claire, do you have any info on the taste differences of the milk, between breeds? I seem to remember reading that Toggenburg for instance have a stronger tasting milk, and I know that seemed to be true when I tried some one time from a Togg.
I realize what they eat can make a big difference, but if all were fed the same, which have the "sweetest" tasting milk?
I don't know much about that Gallesfarm. I noted that on the Fiasco Farm site, which has a wealth of goat information, that they say Toggs were originally bred to produce milk for cheesemaking and their milk can be on the "strong" side, which does not always taste good for drinking. I have also read that Oberhasli is the closest to cow's milk in flavor, which might make it the "sweetest"?
There used to be a Tog B-grade dairy near Abq. and their fresh cheese was goaty, but they also had bucks within 300' of the milking herd, which I've heard will taint the milk. My friend that had champion saanens kept her buck waaaaaay far away from the girls.
Thanks, C. =0) Is that grade goats or champion lines? Can one expect the typical 'backyard' Nubian to give that much? =0)
Gotta wonder if that pygmy goat that milks 3 L a day's back feet can touch the ground! LOL
Our Nubians are very sweet, but they were handled a lot by their former owners, so I attribute some of their good nature to that handling. The Toggenburg we had for a short time was beastly, but again, we only had the 1, so that would be an unfair generalization for me to make. I think the Oberhasli are very pretty - I wouldn't mind having one of those. They do say that single goats are very unhappy because they are herd animals and enjoy companionship. For that reason, you might want to consider a pair of Nigerian Dwarf goats who will keep each other company and produce the same amount of milk as a single larger goat?
I like the Oberhasli, too, but it's rare out here, so probably pricey. Nubians, alpines, and dwarfs are pretty common, so wouldn't be hard to come by. It's a nice idea to have two dwarfs... I could rotate them so I'd never be out of milk and they could have a longer dry period.
They are also my most "lap goat" breeds - I have several who are right at my feet anytime I go into the pen and just want some scratches and hugs. One of them gets into my lap if I let her. They are really sweet natured if you can find ones who have been handled from an early age. This helps a LOT with milking of course.
I swore I would not ever get any of those "Alien looking goats with no ears". Then I was at a meat auction on the prowl for donkeys and saw a LaMancha doe in the pen with the meat goats.
I stuck my head in and she stood up on the side..batted her long white eyelashes at me, stuck her nose along my cheek and whispered "Don't let them eat me" in my ear.
I took her home.
Her name is Starlight.
Now you can see why I'm not allowed to go to the auctions anymore.
Jay this is Elles DH Just got one on the bottle right now His mother has a bad bag it seems and doesn't let down any milk Our milk goat has week and half old twins on her right now so will let her feed them till there six or seven weeks old and then fight her about milking This little buck was weak and we've been keeping his feed close together will start spreading them out in the next few days. Then we will feed about midnight and then about seven in the morning then four or five apart during the day right now it is 2 A.M. and again by 7 A.M. And by the time your in your sixties that is to short of a night lol
Too bad that little buck isn't here. As I get older, I find I'm waking up more in the middle of the night. I think I got it from my mother; she slept less and less the older she got. So 2 am would be nooo problem, LOL. Give me something to do besides bore myself.
Has the doe with the bad bag ever had that problem before?
What kind of goats do you have? I don't have any goats right now, but I think I'd like to again someday. Maybe when I'm 60? (not that far off)
I think she did last year but wasn't smart enough to realize Until she lost her baby Then I wasn't sure But was watching her this year to see. She would be gone but she takes care of all our first time does kids when new mothers don't watch them like they should you look down in the field see 5 or 6 kids climbing all over her We have several breeds three are dairy most or boar or boar crosses and I use a Boar buck over them
Did you see the website I posted a link to about dairy goats? They had a section on there about does with no opening in their udders and how to treat it. She sounds like a good mother, so maybe it's worth trying to fix?
Have you ever milked one of your boers? How much do they give? There are a lot of boers around here and I've been wondering if they might be worth milking if you didn't need a lot.