Posted by Vicki McGaugh on July 01, 2000 at 14:43:46:
In Reply to: problem with milk posted by Linda on June 30, 2000 at 15:56:19:
Not sure what a bt goat is. Make sure and make dietary changes slowly. We find that feeding alfalfa after they have been milked works for us. We milk, the milkers receiving grain on the milk stands, then when done, feed grain to everyone and their alfalfa, this is repeated in the evening also. We keep grass hay out all the time, but alfalfa just after milking. Try putting some loose minerals out, perhaps with the lamb on your feed tag your copper is to low. Also try putting out bicarbonate of soda. With her wormed and past the first part of milking, she should be giving you sweet milk by now. Trim her udder and belly hair, wipe the udder and teats down with non-alchol wet ones, cleanly milk into glass or stainless (no plastic) and then quickly strain and chill the milk in an icebath in the house. Don't let the milk sit our at the barn while you finish up chores. Make sure and use a teat dip, I use a horse spray bottle, I fill it with water and about 3 tablespoons of bleach, I spray the teat all the way up, after I milk to close the orifice. If after you have done all of this and you are still not happy with the flavor of the milk, you may have a doe who just doesn't have good flavor. Some Toggs we have milked have this, and also if you are used to a higher butterfat like in Nubains and then drink milk from an Alpine, it is dissapointing. Haven't drank or milked Boers so no idea there! Vicki McGaugh
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