Monday, April 11, 2011
Puttin' The Milk In The Bucket!
Its been an odd year with the way milking is going. Hope has always had a nice rounded udder this year she is lopsided. Sunshine is doing her usual putting lots of milk in the bucket and not keeping enough for her to stay healthy. Sissy is fitting in well and producing good too. I am getting a little over 2 1/2 gallons a day right now. which a lot of it goes to the bottle babies but 2 will be going to their new home next Monday. The other the first of May. That leaves 2 boys but I have a buyer for them when they are weaned if not sold before then.
Now for some of the things I do to help milk production. Fennel seed and red raspberry steeped in hot water or soaked in vinegar over night help milk production big time. Then add to water with Molasses for them to drink. Especially if they are having difficulties. These are the 2 herbs that I have used the most there is a list of others that help too.
Milk Increasing Herbs
The only herb I know that decreases milk production is Sage and it works really well. When I am trying to dry up a goat I give some of the dried/fresh herb and then use a few drops of the essential oils to massage into the udder.
Another thing is the feed. I feed at least a 16% dairy ration. they get 1 pound plus another 1 lb for every 2 lbs of milk they produce. They don't eat that much though and I dump it back and save for the evening feeding. I use cattle feed because I am not paying double for dairy goat ration that is almost the exact same thing! Then they have a good grass hay mix. I have used alfalfa hay before but honestly didnt see that much difference. Of course plenty of water available.
Of course there is grass now! Yipppeeee!!! Milk came up a little more once they were let out on the grass!
I am rotational grazing this year! Its working good so far. They are on the second paddock now. They didnt eat the first one down much but I have found out I can keep them off one with one strand of Hot wire! The perimeter has the 4-5 strands of hot wire/barbed wire and the main divider of the first pasture has only one hot wire and 4 grounded. Its working so far. I had 4 strands of grounded and no hot nad everyone but Sissy and the babies were respecting it. Sissy had always been behind cattle panels and the babies well are babies.. I tried training her to one wire at the side and hoping she would associate it with the other. But she would just follow the babies. But now everyone is staying put.. One wire makes things much simpler for me!
Let us come before his presences with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God and a great King above all gods. Psalms 95:2-3