Enough milk?

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by CarlinsDarlin, May 27, 2008.

  1. CarlinsDarlin

    CarlinsDarlin Guest

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    Well the good news is my milk customers are growing in number. The bad news is I'm afraid they'll soon outnumber the amount of milk I have (which isn't a lot by any means, since we've just started out).

    My girls are raising their own babies. When Sugar freshened in January, after a couple weeks, I started separating the babies at night, and milking her out once a day. She had twins. She produced more than enough milk for us and the babies, so it wasn't a worry.

    Now, Cinnamon has freshened and the babies are two weeks old today. I would like to start doing the same with her, but she had triplets. I worry that if I take milk each morning, she won't have enough - but I don't know what is enough for the babies. Cinnamon gave about a gallon a day during her second freshening (I bought her already milking and the babies were sold separately). So I expect her to do the same or a little better this time around. I have never seen the babies (triplets) empty her out, or even look like she's lacking in milk so far, so I am pretty sure at this point we could milk and they'd be fine. But I wonder as they get bigger, will I be able to do that still?

    I'd like to have her some of her milk, but since she's feeding triplets, I want to make sure they have enough. What do you think? Is a gallon a day enough to feed triplets and still let us have some? And if so, as the babies get bigger, will it still be enough?
    Kathy
     
  2. Sondra

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    The goat usually will either hold back from you or start producing more to accommodate the babies. it is a supply on demand sort of thing. So yes I would milk her once a day/
     

  3. CarlinsDarlin

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    Okay, thanks Sondra :) I'll start milking her tonight or tomorrow morning then.
    Kathy
     
  4. whimmididdle

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    Make sure she is getting enough feed to replenish herself . As a rule of thumb here, when I put more demand on a doe for milk, I usually increase her feed by adding more alfalfa (calcium rich)......and maybe just a little more grain, but be careful not to over do the grain thing.....and step it up slowly.

    Whim
     
  5. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

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    very true and good advice
     
  6. NubianSoaps.com

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    Are they triplet girls? Sell the boys so you can have more milk to sell! Vicki
     
  7. Ravens Haven

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    I agree get rid of the kids you don't need to have more milk to sell. I have the opposite problem, I have tons of milk and onlyh 15-20 gallons going out each week and I am getting 6 gallons a day out of 7 goats so 42 gallons in 7 days, WOW....still feeding 4 kids b/c I have so much and hopefully get a calf or two soon and freezing LOTS.


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  8. CarlinsDarlin

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    Yes, actually they are :) I was tickled pink to get them, too :). I'm planning on keeping all of them, at least through their first freshenings.... then I might sell one or two as family milkers.
    Kathy
     
  9. CarlinsDarlin

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    Oh I forgot - yes, Whim, I am upping her grain some. She's already getting 3lbs alfalfa a day (more like free choice, since there are days she doesn't finish it all), and I am slowly increasing her grain to accommodate for the extra milk. Thanks for the reminder :)
    Kathy