[Homestead] Dairy goat lactation period
mmcharry at gmail.com
Mon Nov 17 10:21:00 EST 2008
The standard for goats is 305 days with 2 months off beforet he next
kidding. However, some goats -- especially high-producing Saanens can
be milked straight through for two or even three years.
Note about cows: When I was a kid we had a brown swiss that we milked
for more than 10 years with no calves.
Goats need to be milked at least one a day; some dairies milk 3X. The
more you milk them, the more they produce (and the more they eat).
A dairy cow can easily raise a couple of calves, even if she is milked
once a day. As Lynn says, you have the keep the calves away from her
at least overnight.
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