Goats: Udders and Hand Milking



Let me preface this post by saying, we don’t show our goats. We are a licensed Raw Dairy producing milk and cheese for sale at the farm and also at local farmers’ markets, so what follows is information pertaining specifically to hand milking. 



Udders, big, small, tight, loose, big teats, small teats, and large and small orifices in the teats; all of these things affect milking! Not how much milk is produced, but the ease of hand milking.  Oh and one other thing, the fun of dealing with the first freshener!  


3/12/2015 5:05:55 PM

I should probably add that I do know that Alpines are going to give more than Nubians...

3/12/2015 5:01:03 PM

I have a few goat problems I would love to have sorted out. We have mainly nubians and we never ever get a big bag. Let me preface this with when I first started off, I bought an Alpine who was already in milk from a lady and this goat had a huge bag and gave us A LOT of milk. The nubians we have do good to give us 3/4 of a large butter bowl (country crock). Also, we keep having babies who are super healthy (thank God!) but the moms just walk away from them and we wind up stanchioning the moms, milking them (twice a day until empty), and turning around and giving the milk to the babies and we wind up supplementing with formula because it's never enough. We've tried milking 3 or 4 times a day to create the increased demand type of effect to no avail. It just decreases the amount we get throughout the day. (Like a gallon spread out over 4 milkings). We're home all the time so bottle feeding is not an issue but having baby goats in the house or walking out to the nursery pen gets old real fast and we would prefer the moms raise the babies (don't get me wrong, we enjoy the babies and love how they become very human-friendly). But in the end, we want LOTS of milk for us (I make yogurt, ice cream etc for the boys), for the chickens, and for the pigs. We currently have a first freshener who has knots at the top of the teat where it meets the udder. She also refused to feed her baby so, since we're drenched in rain non-stop, lil man is stomping around my newspaper-lined laundry room. I believe she got this way because we left the baby in there over night under the impression that she WAS letting him nurse. This was not the case, so 30 hours after lil man was born, we look at him and he looks pitiful with an empty belly and she is about to burst and still won't let him even after we stanchion her, strip her, and then PUT him to the teat, she starts stomping and acting CRAZY. So we milk her down thinking her teats hurt because they're so full, then we try putting him on the teat again and again she goes to stomping the mess out of lil man again. I need help. There is virtually NO ONE around here who does goats and the one person I found and tried to ask questions to acted like I was trying to rob him of trade secrets or something. I do not live in a place where there is a goat culture and getting goat supplies is an online order thing only and only one vet in the entire parish will even see a goat and you have to take it to him. Please help....

1/22/2014 3:57:55 PM

Love this page on goats. New in the goat care. Have a 3mth Saanen and want to know how her udder develops. At this stage her teats are in the rear and there is a lump developing in front of the teats, looking like the teats are not attached to the udder.

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