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Old 06-29-2012, 02:44 PM   #1
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For those who do once a day milkings what are your criteria for beginning them? Traditionally I've done it later in the lactation, say after 200 days, but I'm considering starting now after say 130 days. Honestly production has been dropping all month, sales are a little flat, I'm nearly out of storage space, and it's hot, hot hot. Did I mention it's hot?



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Old 06-29-2012, 02:51 PM   #2
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I went to once a day milking after our show on June 2nd. Just took their Alfalfa away for a couple of days. They were pretty full and miserable for a day or two, then just got with the routine. Didn't cut production very much at all and they are still coming in FULL of milk.



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Old 06-29-2012, 03:56 PM   #3
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I'm keeping babies on all mine and not separating. The best producers give me something in addition to feeding the babies. I get more with twice a day, but I get plenty for our use with once a day, and am still fertilizing with extra milk and feeding chickens with it. With my second set who were all first fresheners, I started once a day right away. The Nubian doe I did have to do twice a day for a couple weeks until the mini babies started taking more. Not really the same as once a day milking without kids on though. I just can't keep up without my relief milkers.

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I will milk out evenings half way for a few days, then 1/4 empty for a few days....they get no grain when I am doing this, only alfalfa pellets in their milkstand grain bowl. Then I stop night milkings. Do not stop morning milkings, it is simply way to hot for them to walk around with an udder full of milk from night to night. Vicki

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My criteria is how much do you give in Am/Pm milkings and udder capacity. And I second Vicki on the morning milking. I only have one I do this with, until later in the year and the alpines slow way down...much later in the year.
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:11 PM   #6
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None of my milkers comes in with a tight udder, so they're not reaching capacity overnight. When I cut a milking it'll be the night milking. It's too hot for goat or human out there anyways so I'd like to cut the night milking. It'll save on feed too.

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Old 06-29-2012, 09:25 PM   #7
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Once our does begin producing less than 4 lbs of milk per day (2 lbs per milking), I move them to once a day milkings. This usually happens after they've been in milk for 200+ days though . . .

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Old 06-29-2012, 09:32 PM   #8
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I only go to once/day milkings when I'm almost ready to dry them off. Makes me feel better.

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Old 07-01-2012, 03:01 PM   #9
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I had planned on beginning once a day milkings on Sunday July 1, but that plan was moved ahead Saturday night due to a power outage. The transformer that serves our property went out a milk time Saturday night. No power means no water. While I could have hooked up the generator to power my vacuum pump to milk and then drug it to the well so I could clean, I just didn't have the heart to do it. The power company had the transformer replaced in about three hours, just in time for the county's fireworks show. The fireworks terrified the herd as it always does and I spent the evening in the barnyard keeping the herd bunched up. This morning I milked and the herd gave me what was June's daily milk total.

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Old 07-02-2012, 10:25 PM   #10
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If production slacks, that is the right time, for us it isn't until after breeding in the fall. I am opposite of Vicki & Tammy though, I skip morning milkings so they aren't laying on a full udder all night, possibly getting too full and leaking milk on what may be dirty bedding. Usually they just aren't that full anymore, though.



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