Well - I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I have been at a low ebb this week - nothing seems to be moving forward and all of a sudden we have taken a giant leap and I am not ready - by about a year !! LOL
OK - took my girls out for a walk to browse this evening and suddenly noticed - the Alpine is starting to bag-up. Had a look at the Tog for reference and sure enough she has nothing to show. Got them home and had a quick "fondle" and she let down immediately and I got a few squirts out of her. Didn't go any further as I had nothing to try to catch it in
I think all that handling early on might have paid off as she stood like a lamb
So lots and lots of questions
If I milk her and strip her out I am assuming that she will pick up and give a usable amount - I know it won't be a huge amount but something we can use?
Assuming that she will give enough to use - do I need to change her feed. At the moment she is on 8oz mix, 8oz maize, handful BOSS, handful mollassed chaff, and enough sugar beet ot dampen the feed. She gets this daily split into two feeds - morning and evening. Lots of hay and some browse.
I have on order oats, barley, and Alfalfa chaff as I was going to start changing their diet away from the molassed stuff. Forgot to order the alfalfa pellets!! If she is going to give any milk what should I change to - she is only a year old - does she need anything extra as she is still growing and now milking as well.
What do I need to put on my shopping list for milking stuff - wasn't expecting to need any of this for another year. Going to get the books and lists out now but any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance