Milking

Discussion in 'Goats' started by Farmgirl8388, Sep 15, 2004.

  1. Farmgirl8388

    Farmgirl8388 Active Member

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    Hey Yall,
    I have a really dumb question but i would like to know,
    * If i was to get a dairy goat for just a family pet would i have to milk every day or is it just when she has little ones? :confused:
    Thanks a bunch Lyn :dance:
     
  2. Lt. Wombat

    Lt. Wombat Well-Known Member

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    Hi Lynn. First off if you're going to get goats you'll need 2 of them. As herd animals they are much happier and productive with a buddy. If you only want one for milk and don't plan to breed then get a wither, they're cheap and don't smell.

    As for milking: a doe will milk as long as her body thinks she need to keep producing. When not milked out completely the weight and fullness of the udder release hormones that signal the body to stop producing. Thus if the udder is evacuated fully twice a day this will not happen. But once a does dries she will need to be bred again for her milk cycle to start up again.

    Hope this helps, Kevin
     

  3. mary,tx

    mary,tx Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If you do not breed her, she will not produce milk.