Drying Off Dairy Goats


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Milking season always comes to an end eventually.

When it comes to raising dairy goats there comes a time when drying them off for the season is needed. Drying goats off does not have to be painful for you or the girls. Our milking season is rather short due to our weaning process and drying process. However, we get plenty of milk, cheese, soap, and lotion during this time to make it through the off-season. While everyone chooses their timing and method here is what we do at Miller Micro Farm.

When We Dry Off Our Girls

We choose to dry our goats at least a month before we breed them. Since we typically breed in November, December, and January we aim to have the girls dried off in October. We are often asked, "why do we dry them off before breeding rather than a month or so before kidding?". We believe it gives the girls time to relax and put all the nutrition into their bodies before becoming bred once again. October also saves us from having to milk during the cold Ohio fall and winter seasons.

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The udder before the drying process begins is full and tight.

Our Drying Method

1. We start by cutting grain portions for two weeks before any drying off begins.

2. Then we only taking half their milk supply per milking.

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