The practice known as “milking through” usually lasts two years, but some have reported going as long as seven. My two does are on their second year, and I plan to continue milking. To get milk, you must have kids.
Do you have to milk Nigerian dwarf goats twice a day?
Generally you will want to milk your goats twice each day. Milking more often creates more milk production. You will get more milk overall by milking twice each day than you would by only milking once each day. For us, the process of milking takes about 20 minutes per session per goat, or 40 minutes per day per goat.
How do I get my goat to let her milk down?
First, you can give her an injection of oxytocin right before milking her on the stand. That often stimulates the let-down reflex. I’ve also had some success with massaging the udder with bag balm (into which I’ve mixed a few drops of peppermint essential oil).
Can you skip a day milking goats?
If they’re giving that little, you’ll be fine skipping a milking. I have a doe who occasionally gets all uppity and won’t come in for a milking. It’s not worth chasing her all over the pasture at this point in her lactation. She does just fine and she’s giving me 4-5 lbs per milking.
How long will a goat stay in milk?
Most dairy goat producers have a planned length of lactation (the standard is 305 days). Timing for dry off is based on goat milk production goals and breeding practices. The dry off process should start 2-3 weeks before the planned dry off time with milk secretion stopping three days after the last milking.