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Dairy Goat Farming Tips

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Dairy Goat Farming Tips – Pointers To Keep In Mind For Raising Goats For Milk

 

Dairy goat farming can be time consuming, that’s why a person should know what he’s getting into before putting up a dairy goat farm. For high quality goat milk, the does have to be milked twice a day with a 12 hour interval. Milking takes 12-15 minutes per goat, plus the milk preparation time.

 

When preparing to milk a goat, it’s a must to clean its teat and remove dirt and feces by using a dry paper towel.

Next is dipping the teat in a teat dip that is antiseptic, it should be dipped for not less than 3 minutes, then dry the teats with a dry paper towel. Then do a strip test on the teats to check if there’s something abnormal with the milk. If everything is clear, proceed with the milking, then clean out the teat again and let it dry by itself. This protects the teats from getting infected for 12 hours.

 

When it comes to raising goats for milk, one also needs to exert effort in managing the goats’ nutrition well. The lactating does need to have food of the highest quality. But, keep in mind that overfeeding them may affect milk that the doe will produce.

Most farmers don’t let the kids nurse. Instead, they feed them with their mother’s colostrum through a bottle first, and when the kids reach 10-14 days old, they are fed with their mother’s milk. The colostrum, before being fed to the kid, is treated with heat so that the kids won’t be infected with caprine arthritis-encephalitis. Getting the colostrum heated also has a negative impact on the effectiveness of giving inactive immunity to the goat’s offspring.

 

If one decides to discontinue the dairy goat farming and stop milking the does, the doe should be dried off by slowly reducing concentrated hay feeding for more than 7-10 days.

When the concentrate feeding comes to an end, water intake should also be reduced for 24 – 36 hours in order to lessen the milk production. By then, the doe should only be fed with water and pasture or grass hay of a lesser quality. If the doe still isn’t drying up, hay must be reduced again and water availability should be restricted for a couple of days. At this point, the doe will surely whine and look miserable, but if the milking continues, the drying up process may take longer. Pressure needs to build up in the doe’s teats in order to stop lactation.

 

If a doe is being dried off during the spring season and there is plenty of green growth in the pasture, just do the exact same routine, except she should be placed in a dry area without grazing. In 6 – 12 days, the doe should already be dried off.

If one intends to make cheese with dairy goat farming, note that the amount of somatic cells in goat’s milk goes higher than 1 and a half million cells per milliliter during the heat cycle and at the end of lactation. Making cheese with a somatic cell count that is very won’t be good for the cheese.

 

There are more things to know about how to raise goats for milk. Before entering this line of work, it’s important to know everything about dairy goat farming.
 

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