If you have decided to focus on rasing dairy goats, there are certain procedures that you should remeber before you start milking your goat.
Here are some quick tips on what to remeber when milking your goat:
DAIRY GOATS – MAINITAIN A REGULAR SCHEDULE FOR MILKING YOUR GOATS
In milking your goats, a regular schedule should be established.
Milk your goats twice a day with a 12 hour interval in a clean environment.
Be aware that when raising goats for milk, if you milk your goats less especially in early lactation, the production milk also decreases.
Make sure you milk your goat’s udder completely for continuous milk production.
DAIRY GOATS – YOU CAN MILK YOUR GOATS MANUALLY OR USE A MACHINE
You can milk your goat manually or extract its milk by using a machine.
it is more practical to use a machine for a larger group of goats (more than 15).
When using a milking machine, make sure to monitor your equipment to make sure that it is functioning properly.
Also perform milking in a clean and sanitary environment and use equipments that have been cleaned prior to using them.
DAIRY GOATS – INSPECT YOUR GOATS FOR ANY ABNORMALITIES BEFORE MILKING
In milking start from your young goats, then move to your healthy goats and your oldest goats last.
Before milking, strip the teats of your goat to inspect it for any changes or abnormalities in the milk.
Clots found in the milk and stringy milk are signs of mastitis.
When you are milking, regardless of the setting, ensure that your surroundings and materials used are clean.
DAIRY GOATS – TAKE NOTE OF THE MATING DETAILS FOR MILK PRODUCTION
When raising your goats for milk, note that a female goat starts mating at the age of seven to nine months and can be milked when it reaches a year.
Goat milk production is seasonal and goats usually lactate for eight to ten months.
During that time, they generate about 750 quarts or 1500 pounds of milk.
About 2000 pounds of milk is considered as adequate production to sustain a viable commercial operation.