When to drink milk after a birth

Discussion in 'Goats' started by Danny, Sep 15, 2005.

  1. Danny

    Danny Active Member

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    We had our first baby milk goat born yesterday. How long do I need to wait about drinking the milk? I do not pasteurize.
     
  2. moosemaniac

    moosemaniac Well-Known Member

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    I give it 4 days.

    Ruth
     

  3. Vicki McGaugh TX Nubians

    Vicki McGaugh TX Nubians Well-Known Member

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    Here is a simple trick I use. Take some of the milk and boil it, I simply put it into the microwave in a coffee cup. After boiling pour the milk through a strainer. Is there just milk and just the skim from scalding it, than it's milk....but if you have little bits and pieces of hard eraser looking things than this is colostrum. Colostrum will not hurt anything and tastes no different than milk, but you should let the kids nurse as much as they want for the first 3 days and be milking and freezing the first 24 hours milk for emergency work in other mammals. vicki
     
  4. Hank - Narita

    Hank - Narita Well-Known Member

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    We wait 7 days to be safe.
     
  5. Sondra Peterson

    Sondra Peterson Well-Known Member

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    One other thing to consider besides what Vicki told you is this.
    DID you worm her as soon as she kidded??? if so then you need to wait at least 48 hrs and also depends on the wormer.
     
  6. okgoatgal2

    okgoatgal2 Well-Known Member

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    when the milk foams up really well in the milk pail and looks white, i figure it is safe, usually 5-6 days :D