? about Extended Lactations

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by old dominion, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. old dominion

    old dominion New Member

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    What is the longest someone on this forum has had a doe in milk? I have heard dairies can have does in milk for "years".

    Input please.

    Jolene
     
  2. Rose

    Rose New Member

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    Our Alpine is going on 20 months. Getting 1/2 gallon a day, which is enough for home use. :D
     

  3. ozark_jewels

    ozark_jewels New Member

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    Pretty good for a one-teated doe, huh? :lol
     
  4. Karen Bailey

    Karen Bailey New Member

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    One of my Nubians went 945 days on her first lactation until I dried her off. She could have kept going through another year but A) I thought she was bred, and B) I wanted to make the INBA deadline for this year's extended lactation award. Unfortunately the breeding didn't take so she's dry at this time, and i just hope she will kid this year. The moral of this story is Don't dry a good milking doe off until you have a confirmed preg. test! :bang
     
  5. I milked one for 4 years straight and have a friend who has milked her does even longer.
    Becky
     
  6. baileybunch

    baileybunch New Member

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    We milked our grade Alpine doe for 20 months. She gave a consistent 3/4 of a gallon at once a day milking. Her production increased to a gallon the following spring when she raised a grafted doeling for us! I sold her only doeling...DUH...so we bred her and dried her off at 20 months. She gave us triplets in March, two doelings and a buck. I kept the doeling that appraised better. We won't breed the doe again until she doesn't give anymore milk.
     
  7. wheytogosaanens

    wheytogosaanens New Member

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    Gal down the road from me has one of our Saanens. Milked her through for 3 years (going on 4) and she is still giving a gallon a day. She increases each Spring (in sync with kidding around her) and then comes back to the 1 gallon/day. She is 7 now, so if she doesn't get bred this year, I guess they probably won't even try. (They don't even drink the milk - they want it for feeding their foo-foo puppies).
     
  8. Tricia

    Tricia New Member

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    All our does are on extended 22-month lactations. I have one family line that does better than the other -- nice flat lactation curve. First freshener Clara in her 16th month of lactation is still milking 10-11# per day. However, third freshener Lea is only milking 6-7# in her 16th month.

    Agree with Karen, I don't dry a doe off until I've confirmed pregnancy. Hence, Ellie's been milked for over 42 months but still producing 4# a day - since she's in and out of the milk room in 6 minutes, it's better than having her dry. Really hope I get her settled this year!

    I have my milk tested monthly by the state and yearly, for free, the state sends samples from each half to Cornell for more detailed analysis. No issues with quality.