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Maggie Leman
Username: maggieleman

Post Number: 800
Registered: 07-2005

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Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2006 - 07:54 am:   

Salty tasting milk is often a sign of subclinical mastitis. This is where the milk or the doe doesn't show obvious signs of mastitis like chunky milk, sore udder, illness or heat, but the udder is still infected.

Test the milk for mastitis using the CMT (California Mastitis Test) adjusting the results for goat milk and treat accordingly (a slight reaction +1 is still normal for goats milk but any stronger reaction indicates mastitis). Or just assume she has a touch of mastitis and begin treating.

Before you start treating, milk out about a cup sample to save in the fridge in case you need to culture, if the initial treatment doesn't work.

I have had good results treating mastitis with once daily injections of oxytetracycline (LA 200, Biomycin 200) at 1 cc per 30 pounds by SQ injection. Treat for 5 days. If the condition doesn't begin to improve or gets worse by three days of treatment, stop and consult a vet.

Milk her out at least twice a day (more often if you can), but dispose of the milk. Milk all mastitic animals last.
Maggie Leman
Goat 911 Capri Medic
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Keith Johnson
Username: mobear708

Post Number: 4
Registered: 03-2006

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Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2006 - 12:55 pm:   

We raise nubian goats and have done so for 8 yrs and never had a problem with milk. Now all of a sudden one of the does milk has a very salty taste. The milk looks normal and filters normal. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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