I am simply linking a article written on this topic that I thoroughly agree with. Great information on making a first freshener udder and teats grow out. udder and teat growth article
So it is very apparent that everyone wants to breed does each year to acquire that wonderful fresh goats milk each spring. This is the way that most people want to breed because this is what everyone does. I am going to experiment this next few years with a different kind of breeding program idea, breeding every other year and milking through. My plan is to milk a couple through the winter without breeding them and to dry them us as we are weaning there babies at 5 months old. So they would milk until about July of the next year. This will give them about 7 to 8 months off every other year from milking, with 2 to 3 months of that being free of milking AND pregnancy. This is all going to be very dependent of how the doe is milking when breeding season arrives and if I think she will stay in milk through winter. If she is drying up by October then I will breed ber. I have noticed this season to be the determining factor, if they can milk through breeding season fine they will probably milk through all winter fine as well. This kind of breeding schedule is supposed to increase their length of life and quality of health. I will keep this post updated over the next few years to let you know if it works here or not and how the does perform for better or for worse.
Update: I have done this a few years now and love it. Not all my does will do it, but some will. They do not make as much during the winter but we have at least a little fresh milk daily and I am very pleased to have it.
Apache was an awesome Oberhasli buck. He was tall, long, and wide and deep. I sold him when I switched to Alpines. He is the sire of Clover and Marigold.
Apache with son Hickory. Hickory was Ginger’s son and he is half french alpine half Oberhasli.
Source: Reference Goats
Quality Alpine Bloodlines: Be aware these are certainly not the only nice herds to choise from, these are the ones with easy to find wwbsites. Keep in mind I have only researched most of these farms and not been there personally, so I do not know if all of their stock is of equal value, but they at least have some stock that looks very ideal, having traits that I would like to see in my herd. Some of these herds are no longer active.
Hill N Holler
Land O’ I AM
Moore’s Pond Farm
P J Bailey’s
Van Vyk Acres
Chocolate and Vanilla Pudding Recipes We have four favorites here that we make often and switch them around. Most of these are modified from existing recipes from the internet, books, or family th…
Source: Fresh Milk Recipes
So, if you have visited my farm you know how much we all LOVE the goats milk. It is sweeter, easy on your stomach, and much easier to extract for the milker (me), yeah. I am not going to type out all of the benefits but instead add links that say it much better than me that have scientific facts to help you understand as well. I have read a lot about it and believe that goat milk is better for easier digestion. When I was young I remember milk would make my stomach very upset so I did not drink it for a very long period of my life. Of course, it was not fresh, that stuff they sell with the red lid on it at the store I have come to realize is not really milk, at least not the kind I would willingly drink on purpose. I started milking the goats for my children to have milk and strong bones, but I quickly realized that this new milk did not hurt my stomach and was really kind of sweet and yummy and made me want more, I was impressed. I have a good friend that I had a Jersey cow that I milked a couple times and I wanted to do a side by side blind taste test, with my goat’s milk and her cow’s milk. We were having a meeting and three women all did the test. Even my friend whom drinks her cows milk daily guessed the wrong one. So if you will notice goats milk simply taste like milk. I always want guest to taste the goats milk so that they too can see that it is good and no reason to shy from this awesome product. People have a funny hesitant fetish about trying it sometimes, I don’t understand. I especially don’t understand if we have just visited the goats and you see how clean they are and there is no large poop stain of their side or big pile of manure between their hoof claws, goats are soooo!!! clean compared to cows. Now, I am sure if they saw the confinement dairies that the cows milk from the store comes from they may just change their mind, I hope anyway. I have a cow that I started milking when the goats milk was done for the winter and it took a little adjustment to get used to as I do not like the taste as much, and I can not drink as much without feeling too full. But it is still not a painful experience, like the milk from the carton is. I wanted the cow for butter and that was the big purpose of me milking cows. I do understand that people do not like the goat milk or products from the store, they are just as different as night and day to the fresh milk and milk products from a home dairy. Also if you leave your buck with your does your milk will likely taste like BUCK, you do not want this. Put old stinky out back and not with your does if you have a problem with your milk being for good drinking. Milking a cow is something your hands will have to build up to for a while, since it takes a while to milk out that much milk at one time. I can usually milk a goat that makes 3/4 of a gallon in the morning in about 3 minutes. This is why you want to breed for good teat size and good orifice size( where the milk comes out). With cows or goats you will not start out that fast but you will build up hand strengh and technique within a few weeks if you stick with it. Milking goats is one of my favorite things to do, milking cows was sadly not, so I no longer own them.
Ok, now onto some links:
Of course their is much more information out there, but experiencing it for yourself is so much better. I did meet a goat meat breeder and brought a sample of our milk for him to sample and he said he was highly allergic to milk. But he was curious if he could handle goats milk as one of his relatives had previously told him to try it before. So he took the jar and turned away from us before he tried it, he said it would make him projectile vomit immediately. So I stepped back and wandered if it would affect him in such a way. About 30 seconds or less later he turned back to us ecstatic and thrilled and was so happy that he could indeed tolerate this milk, and said he was going to have his wife make ice cream with it. He loved ice cream and had not been able to eat it for a long time. I was pleased, to say the least.