Both of my does kidded this past week. I've owned them since the end of October and this was their second freshening. The last time they freshened, they were essentially not milked. Right after I got them, I had my husband build me a milking stand and I began to get them used to it, feeding them their grain and alfalfa pellets (which I introduced gradually, as before that, they had been getting brome hay and free choice minerals and that was it) twice a day in the milkstand, grooming them, trimming their hooves (which also had not been done before), etc. From the beginning, one of the goats was a lot easier to work with under any and all circumstances (even just petting her on the ground) and the other was more jumpy. Jumpy goat kidded on Wednesday. We left the babies on their dams, but I am milking twice a day. I was figuring that milking might be interesting, as both the goats and I are new to it, but it seemed to be going ok and last night I actually finished milking them before they were done eating. The one thing that the more difficult one really does not like is the teat dip (actually neither one cares for it, but she really hates it). I thought it might be because it was so cold, leaving it down at the barn, so I started bringing it up to the house in between milkings. That seemed to help a little. Last night though, when it came time for dipping after milking (speaking of which, how does that work best with dam raising?) she attempted to lie down in the stand so that I could not get at her teats, and when I got her back up, would dance around on the stand. I dipped her anyway and put her back with her babies. Today, though, she decided part way through milking that she was done and lay down again. :really If I got her up, she would dance around if I tried to get the bucket under her or went near her teats. So I took her feed away (there was quite a lot left) and put her back with her babies. Food is ordinarily a huge motivator for her, so I was hoping that she might get the clue that if she did not cooperate with me on the milkstand that she wasn't going to get the feed. No lumps or anything suspicious in the strip cup. I can do a CMT later today if you all think it could be the onset of mastitis instead of just a very stubborn goat. If it is just a very stubborn goat, what suggestions do you have for me?