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One kid, when to start milking

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Old 03-27-2017, 04:14 PM   #1
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Default One kid, when to start milking

Hello, new to the site here and have a unique/new situation for us.

We have had dairy goats before with a minimum of two kid kids per doe. However, today our doe kidded and only one kid survived (we are all very sad). We were planning to wait until the kids were weaned before milking her. Given there is only one kid, should we beginning milking her sooner to ensure she produces milk at her full capacity as if she had multiple kids? If so, what type of schedule is recommended? Thanks in advance for your help.

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Old 03-27-2017, 06:18 PM   #2
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I feel this is a management decision. When this situation occurs on my farm, the doe goes into the regular milking program. All kids born here are bottle raised, so that means the doe's colostrum is milked out and fed to babies. Then, when the doe freshens, she enters a twice a day milking schedule which continues until she is 100 days bred. Babies are bottle fed for 100 days, unless there are special circumstances requiring longer feeding times.
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