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  farmer.boy
  Huntsville
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new goats    (Posted Wed, Apr 8 '09 at 07:24 UTC)

Hello,
We recently bought some acreage near to our home and it came with a small? goat herd. Fourteen became twenty two. The buck is a Boer/Nubian cross. Most of the herd has the droopy down Nubian ears. They have several acres of rocky forage and pasture to enjoy. There is a 4 wire hot fence around them. When their old owner is around they run to him and show no caution. Initially they ran from us "new" owners but are gradually getting calmer around us. They like you to feed them. We don't live there but go there 3 or 4 time a week to work on the place. We think it would be awesome to milk them. He didn't milk them but I think he could have. Will they get accustomed to us to the point that we could handle them and milk them? Should we try to but halters or collars on them? I guess it just takes time, huh.

thanks
Stanley

 dunlooken
 Glencoe
Re: new goats    (Posted Wed, May 27 '09 at 09:05 UTC)

Just noticed you never got any replies.
Yes, all goats are milkable but you might want to wait until you are living on the property to start milking. If you start you need to keep doing it. Now with kids nursing you could get by with just milking when you wanted but once the kids are weaned you'll need to milk twice a day to keep production up. Milking just once in awhile will lead to mastitis and the goats drying up.
The best thing would be to try and see if your area has a dairy goat club and then see if someone close to you could mentor you in your new project.

Bev
 3crow
 Emporia
Re: new goats    (Posted Sun, May 31 '09 at 05:17 UTC)

Goats come in two varieties dairy and meat. Nubians are dairy type. Boers are meat type. Some boers have a tough time with producing milk, even enough for their young. So this is why some farmers do a boer cross. Crosses with nubian and toggenburgs are fairly common with boers. If you have interest in milking you will need to gain their trust first. The more time you spend the better, and feeding them is a good way of forming trust. Petting and brushing is other good ways. They also have to be producing milk to start with and you can maybe see that if their are nursing a baby. Since they weren't previously milked, you have to find out if they will let you touch their utter. This is why you have to build a trust. Get yourself a book to read up on goats at your local bookstore. There is a lot info out there on goat husbandry, you need to learn so you can keep those goat nice and healthy.

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