Teat Dip: A Natural Approach

| 11/12/2013 9:17:00 AM

Tags: dairy goats, Michigan, Tara-Sky Alford,

goat udderWhen I was younger, I often thought of the many esteemed writing topics that would accumulate in my portfolio. I have to admit, a blog about teat dip was not among them. Yet, teat dip is an important  topic for owners of dairy goats. In this world of commercialized dairy, navigating aisles of premixed dip solutions can become quite the frustration. Fortunately, it takes just a few simple ingredients to make a naturally disinfecting solution.

First of all, using teat dip is a critical step in the milking process. Bacteria can easily enter the teat orifice after milking and cause mastitis. Spraying or dipping each teat into a disinfecting solution not only sanitizes the area, but it also closes up the orifices to prevent the introduction of bacteria into the udder. I always begin every milking by cleansing the udder with soap and water (natural baby wipes work, as well) and end with a sanitizing dip or spray.

Generally, I prefer to do everything on our farm as naturally as possible. This is especially true when dealing directly with raw milk; I do not want polyethylene glycol (one of the many ingredients in commercial teat dip solutions) finding its way into my bowl of oatmeal! Because of this, I stick with some basic ingredients and make my own teat dip at home. The following formula was suggested to me by the farm that sold us our first milking goat:

Teat Dip Solution

1 part water

1 part rubbing alcohol

12/5/2013 2:23:59 PM

Hi, I have an abundance of Live Oak trees on my property. I trim them a little every other day or so around the place and feed the branches to the goats. They love it and I recently found out that it has high tannins in it which are very helpful in parasite control. The goats look great and it makes me feel good knowing they are eating all natural. Thanks for the recipe on the teat dip. I'm going to try it.

11/25/2013 8:38:55 AM

Other goat owners have said the same thing about diatomaceous earth, but I have never heard of Neem leaf. I will have to look into that. Thank you for the informative article! It also lists parsley and pumpkin seeds as natural dewormers. I have an abundance of both and may have to try that.

11/17/2013 12:03:21 PM

Thanks for this! Re: dealing with parasites.... Can't speak from personal experience, but I have heard of neem leaf powder and diatomaceous earth as natural ways of dealing with internal worms and such. Both are safe for people & goats to eat. According to this page (http://www.dairygoatjournal.com/87-2/natural_goat_medicine/), neem shouldn't be given to bucks during breeding season because it temporarily lowers sperm count. Hope you find a good solution!

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