Drop in milk overnight?

Discussion in 'Goats' started by Kathy'sKID, Aug 3, 2005.

  1. Kathy'sKID

    Kathy'sKID Kelly in Nebraksa

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    This girl is a first freshener who kidded 7/12. We milk her in the a.m. only and let her kids nurse thoughout the day separating them at night. We milk her dry but do not bump or strip so there is something left when she goes back with her kids. Yesterday we got 2 lbs 5 oz. Today only 1 lb 3 oz. What could be up?
     
  2. ilikefathorses

    ilikefathorses My Horse Really Is Fat

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    It could be anything. The kids could've been hungrier than usual, or bad weather, or maybe some grain or hay they didn't like. My goats, any time they don't like the weather or they don't like their grain, their milk production goes down a lot. Probably, there's nothing to worry about.
     

  3. fullhouse

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    I also have some fluctuation with my goats. Two are first time fresheners and one is an old lady of about 8 years. Most mornings I get close to 7 pounds of milk but we only get about 5.5 pounds in the evenings. I don't have an answer for you, just letting you know we have fluctuations, too.
     
  4. AnnaS

    AnnaS Well-Known Member

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    Last year I weighed all milkings- here's some of the things that would drop milk-

    -Coming into heat
    -Rain (stayed in barn instead of out on pasture)
    -Icky water, usually a mouse drowning in the tank
    -Another goat being in heat and harrassing the others
    -Abnormally hot day
    -Strange people in the barn
    -change in feed recipe
    -starting to get sick