09/26/09, 03:48 PM
Join Date: Sep 2004
We dry up our Saanens by
1) Milk once a day. Milk completely out.
2) Put on grass hay
3) Reduce grain to about 3/4 of normal
4) After a week of this, we just stop milking completely. No more grain for a week or so and grass hay only.
Please note that we milk our girls until 3 months bred - so once they are dried up, we only have 6 weeks or so before they kid, so they are put back on alfalfa and start getting grained again.
If you are drying them up long before their kidding date, then you may need to leave them on grass/no grain longer, depending of course on their condition. You do want to start them back on alfalfa at least 60 days before they kid and start on the grain as well to provide energy and prepare their rumen for their grain ration once they are in milk.
ALWAYS milk a goat out completely. You are just begging for mastitis to leave the milk in. Reducing the milkings is a much safer way to go.
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