Plugs in teats

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by swgoats, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. swgoats

    swgoats New Member

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    What causes plugs in teats? I have one doe that seems to be having this alot this year. She's had them in the past. She has a baby on her 24/7 plus me milking, so I would think it would stay clear. This morning she had one that was very difficult to dislodge. It looks like a little white curd with a tiny bit of blood on it. No fever, no lumpiness or heat in the udder, no stringiness in the milk. Should I be looking toward mastitis or could this be dietary - like two much protein? She's a month fresh.
     
  2. NubianSoaps.com

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    Is the kid not nursing the side and you are no taking the milk out daily? When a teat starts to dry up it builds a keratin plug to keep dirt and debrie out of it for the dry period.

    A calcium deposit is super hard, you can barely crush it with your nail, so cottage cheesey stuff in a 4 week fresh doe would have me wondering what is going on. At 4 weeks fresh I would expect most little things found in a strip cup to be long gone, most edema gone, milk increasing every Monday....so if she was here (but I do not let kids nurse) I would be taking a milk sample. Vicki
     

  3. dragonlair

    dragonlair New Member

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    Is Monday the day does increase their milk each week in Texas? Mine seem to prefer Wednesdays.
     
  4. swgoats

    swgoats New Member

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    This is my doe with one teat, so the kid is nursing and I am milking twice a day. She's been giving well. I saw a little decrease, but the kid is growing so much I was crediting him for taking more. She gave 3 lbs this morning, milk looks fine. Guess I better get a test.
     
  5. NubianSoaps.com

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    :) Sully, it's just the day I weigh milk, they had better increase or that means their grain amount goes down :)

    Angie you can also just freeze it, if it's not alarming than just wait it out. Vicki
     
  6. swgoats

    swgoats New Member

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    Ok, I'll do that, maybe give her some vit C and echinecea too. I was thinking to pull her calf manna. Early on it seemed to cause her edema, but I added it back.
     
  7. dragonlair

    dragonlair New Member

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    Ok, I knew there had to be a logical reason, but I like being a smart alec! hehehe
     
  8. doublebowgoats

    doublebowgoats New Member

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    I am thinking calf manna may be to blame for my doe's udder suddenly feeling firm. So I am backing off using it also. It helps her milk production but not worth it if it causes a hard udder.
     
  9. swgoats

    swgoats New Member

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    Her udder was alot softer today after pulling the calf manna. Could it affect it that fast? Well, you know calf manna has anise which boosts production in humans. I saw a tiny fleck this morning, but nothing like yesterday.
     
  10. tlcnubians

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    We have a five year old fifth freshener who has always passed these little bits of cheesy-looking matter in her milk, usually one out of one side or the other at least once a day. We're on milk test and her somatic cell count is no higher or lower than any of the others, so I've never worried about it.
     
  11. swgoats

    swgoats New Member

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    That's comforting!
     
  12. swgoats

    swgoats New Member

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    Well, update - found as long as I don't feed more than 1/2 a cup calf manna, I don't get the plugs. Apparently it just doesn't work for her in higher amounts.
     
  13. MF-Alpines

    MF-Alpines New Member

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    Good to know, Angie, as I feed Calf Manna, as well. Thanks for the update.
     
  14. Shantel Bryan

    Shantel Bryan New Member

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    I have the same problem with my doe. She is a second freshener. She is milking well as long as I can get those plugs out of her but today she bled when I pulled it out. The baby does not nurse I use a machine then feed the baby out of a milk bucket. I use only grain in their diet, but just started probiotics yesterday. Should I stop? How do I get these plugs to stop it takes me half an hour to milk her out with them in?