Milking to bottle feed

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by dmeiermom, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. dmeiermom

    dmeiermom New Member

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    In the past I've always let the kids get the does milk production going. However this year I was approached by a therapy ranch that brought my kids but I have to bottle feed for 3 weeks then the therapy ranch will take over. My family uses the milk, so my ? now is how often do I milk the does to increase production as much as possible. And when can I go to twice a day milkings.
     
  2. doublebowgoats

    doublebowgoats Active Member

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    I go to twice a day milking right away after freshening unless the doe is strutting or leaking between milkings. Sometimes I will milk an extra time in the afternoon for a week or so until the doe's capacity has improved and she can hold twelve hours of milk.
     

  3. punchiepal

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    We do 3x a day for the first month, if possible, sometimes longer. Someone once said we feed the kids 3x a day for the first few weeks so why not milk the doe 3x a day if you can. Made sense to us, plus we are home since we homeschool. Works for us.
     
  4. dmeiermom

    dmeiermom New Member

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    by milking 3 or 4 xtimes a day for the 1st couple weeks will I trick the doe's body into producing more? Or does it not make any difference?
     
  5. punchiepal

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    A doe's supply is part heredity and part demand then producing the supply to meet that demand. Some can meet the demand and some can't, that's the hereditary part. I chatted once with a national saanen breeder that has a dairy and he said they milk 3 times a day/all the time which gives them a 20% increase in milk produced.

    On the barn records that we keep, we have noticed the does we milk 3x for a longer period have a longer, stronger lactation. So for us, it seems like milking more increases the chances of higher/longer-term production.
     
  6. hsmomof4

    hsmomof4 New Member

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    You can always use storebought whole cow's milk for the bottle babies, if your goat does not produce enough.
     
  7. dmeiermom

    dmeiermom New Member

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    I really appreciate all the wonderful info. The 3 milkings per day makes a lot of sense for at least the 1st 30 days, but now I'm wondering do you milk every 8 hours or can I milk at 6a, 12noon & 6p?
    Thanks for all the patience & support.
     
  8. punchiepal

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    I think we usually do something like 8 am, 3pm, and 10-10:30 pm.
     
  9. dmeiermom

    dmeiermom New Member

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    I love this forum! Everyone is so nice and helpful. Thank you for the info.