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  1. judi says:

    I learned something new to me this year I though I would share with you all ? I had a doe born in mach of this year. In August of this year when we usably have 80 degree weather we had a two day cold snap . I didn?t think anything of it until the 6 month old doe got very fat very quick but only in the stomach .. Now in she has a utter and milk on her and I am expecting babies anytime .. I am feeding he the highest quality grain I can find and plenty of hay and warm beet pulp hoping this will be enough she is a very large doe and it don?t seam to be harming her so far. I would appreciate any advice in this cold climate of Maine to make things easier on her and not stunt her growth. And to make her Christmas babies healthy .

  2. Elaine Elder says:

    What type/breed goat do you have?
    I have never seen one with tiny ears.
    I have Angoras.

  3. Molly says:

    We raise LaMancha Diary Goats.

  4. Debra Halcro says:

    Hi Holly, I’m a first time dairy goat owner (for exaclty three weeks now) and I’ve referenced this site many times already. I can’t believe all the questions I had AFTER I obtained Rose that I didn’t even know to think about before I got her. The person I got her from knew next to nothing about goats and had her only a short while to feed the milk to some bummer lambs… so she couldn’t help me much. I can’t begin to tell you how helpful this site has been to me and will be long into the future. I know the knowledge I’m getting far exceeds the donation I made. Thank you so much

    Ever grateful
    Debra

  5. Dafydd says:

    I wish there was an easier choice for this.

  6. Sara Avrams says:

    Help. New (sort of) goat owner. ( We had them when I was a kid/child.)

    I have questions, and have read everything you have.

    Where can I ask specific questions (or be referred to links?

  7. cindy hatcher says:

    Hi. I am fairly new to having goats. I bought 3 beautiful
    Nubian girls last year. I had intended to breed them this fall and then milk them; staggering the breeding so that 2 were milking and one had the year off. I have been very excited and impatiently waiting for the season. One of the girls is sick, so I had a vet come out to check on her. Dr. Adams said they were quite lovely Boers. I said What? I did some research and, yes, it seems I have Boers, who are primarily used for meat. My question is: has anyone ever attempted to milk a Boer? And if so, is it worth while or should I continue my search for Nubians? Not that I would give up “my girls” or anything, but I was sooo looking forward to rich goat’s milk. Thank you for your time and any advice you can give me!!
    Cindy

  8. Elaine says:

    As a whole… meat type breeds are bred for meat. but they also have to produce enough milk to keep growing kids healthy and well fed. I have pygmys, angora, cashmere and feinting goats. All these breeds are for other purposes than specifically milk. But some of all these breeds produce way more than enough milk for a kid. I had a pygmy that had so much milk that she dragged her nipples on the ground, and others that did not have enough milk for a single kid. I have had angoras that had so much milk it squirted when they trotted and others that never got any milk even on the second kid a year later. So even within breeds that are bred for meat or fiber, there will be some that produce enough milk for milking. So, since you are attached to these girls, you may want to see what they can do for you before investing in additional goats. Also, you may want to get a second opinion on the breed. Some mix breeds are harder to identify, and will have characteristics of both parents. As in – look like a boer father with lots of good muscle tone and produce milk like a nubian mother. Mixed breeds are usually larger and hardier than purebreeds. So if there is some boer blood in the mix – it could make them look stockier than their purebreed nubian mother. Even a little pygmy breeding can add a lot of muscle to a nubian frame. I have a cashmere buck that looks just like a boer except he has a horn spread of 3 feet wide and is so soft you just want to curl up with him for a nap. I am working on my own little breeding experiment. I have pygmy/casmere/feinting goats. They all look like mini teddy bears in winter.

  9. cindy hatcher says:

    Thank you for the info, Elaine! I had pretty much decided to try it any way, but appreciate your comments. I feel foolish for not realizing they weren’t Nubian. I’ve seen pictures of Boers and they look just like that. I would enjoy seeing pics of your “mini teddies”.

  10. Elaine says:

    Click on my name next to my post. It will take you to my farm site. Click on my link to my portfolio to send me an e-mail directly.

  11. Linda says:

    Trying to find someone that can explain why one of my Nubian does cries and stomps her back feet for up to 15 minutes after she has been milked. She is a great mother, very good milker. When we hand milker her, she did the same thing. We are not using a milker and she still does it. Is it something to worry about?

    Any help would be appreciated, we have NO plans to get rid of her, just what can we do to help her if she is uncomfortable. Oh yea, when she is tending upwards of 4 babies we have to use lubricant on her teats every few days otherwise they get like blistered and she doesn’t want the babies to nurse.
    Thank you,

  12. gerri says:

    I recently found myself saving two dairy goats….I am told they are alphine. It was told to me neither of the two had ever been breed or milked. Over the last few months one of the goats’ utter has become huge. Not over night of course but I noticed this slowly taking place and today she is enormous. As she walked to the fence she even appeared swollen. I am 110% sure she isn’t pregnant. She is with the other female and a gelding walking horse she is totally in love with and thats it. Note: I have never had a goat and never intended to…but when I got the walking horse it seemed neither could or would function with out the other……so here I am. But I am beginning to worry…please help!!

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