July 28, 2012 at 1:07 am #257180
Hi guys, been away for a while as my computer hard drive decided to die. Just wanted to share my adventure … I have been given 5 Saanen Goats and two cross breeds tomorrow.. so very excited. I have always wanted a cow to milk but I feel this is going to be better. Now just have to find a buck!July 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm #526651
Welcome back :wave: , and good pick-up! :woohoo:
:whistle:July 28, 2012 at 1:23 pm #526652
I have a mate with a couple of milking goats, they were easy to milk once he showed me how. He does not keep a male, apparently the goats had kids six years ago and have kept milking since then. That sounds a lot easier than keeping a billy goat as they are stinky!
They live on a community farm and take turns milking with a few other families, that way they can go away for a weekend and the goats still get milked.July 28, 2012 at 7:42 pm #526653
I’m picking up a miniature buckling and wether tomorrow with the aim of breeding kinder type milking goats as i wanted a dwarf milking goat but they don’t seem to be available in Aus. I will have to get some good milking breed (probably sanen) does to produce smaller productive offspring and looking at importing nigerian dwarf milker semen to use with these – then I should have what I want.
That’s the long term plan anyway. The minis are just so cute; shame these ones will become smelly males.August 1, 2012 at 2:36 am #526654
Thanks guys for your reply, after a bit of research and visiting dairy goat farms I have realised I have some cross breeds that will produce less milk. HOORAY.. I dont need 10 litres a day haha.
I hear what you are saying about a billy. I dont want one either. apart from them, when mixing with the does, makes rank milk they are also known to mount human women when on their menstrual cycle.. so ummm NO THANK YOU!
So I am on the hunt for someone with a billy, who has him for fun with some type of milking breeding in him that wants a quickie with some desperate does… then I am on the go with milking forever 🙂 Oh and I will keep a billy kid I guess but he is so far away from me in a pen and only let out for a quickie some time!August 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm #526655
I breed British Alpines and they will milk through for several years after kidding – longest I have milked one was 4 years but we had to dry her up because we wanted to kid her …….she would probably have just kept milking about a litre a day for the rest of her life
veginout semen is not allowed to be imported to Australia …….. they had it all organised but AQIS rejected it ……..
personally I dont see any advantage in minis – they only eat a little bit less and give a lot less milk
can I suggest both of your may benefit from joining the Aussie goat forum http://www.aussiegoatforum.orgAugust 1, 2012 at 7:22 pm #526656
Thanks for the info Ggang 🙂 – I will pester about importing semen as I don’t much like to be told no and like to bother bureaucrats. The nigerian dwarf are milking bred and it would be much quicker than trying to breed up the milker genes into minis.
Their fencing and land requirements are lower and probably less daunting for beginner and older animal people – and they are absolutely adorable.August 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm #526657
Veginout the people who tried to import the semen were well known in artificial breeding and it was a big operation …… they went to the USA and purchased bucks of several dairy breeds and the nigerian dwarfs ……. the bucks were in quarantine in the USA and did all the right tests etc there was a big article in the Australian Goat World ……….. then when the time came AQIS would not let it in 🙁
These quarantine issues are very difficult ……. it is even difficult to ship goats interstate……. this time last year I managed to bring 2 does into WA from NSW and just thaat took months of organising and cost a fortune ………..
I still doubt there is much difference in land or feed requirements between minis or proven dairy breeds …… I knew a lady who kept 10 or so show goats including a separately yarded buck on a quarter acre house block ! She took them all for a walk every day and they were very happy goats 😆 most goats are fairly lazy and love to lay arround most of the time and cuddSeptember 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm #526658
I breed Australian Miniature Goats and in the past have bred dairy goats. I find the mini’s eat alot less than standard size goats and are also alot easier on the fences. That said, mini’s bred from milking lines obviously produce less. If you jump on the Miniature Goat Breeders Association website and look for breeders in your area you will find some breeders breed specifically for mini milkers and others have incorporated Anglo Nubians into their breeding lines just because they are gorgeous.
jomiassanctum.comSeptember 21, 2012 at 11:41 pm #526659
Mukluk post=347040 wrote: They live on a community farm and take turns milking with a few other families, that way they can go away for a weekend and the goats still get milked.
That’s the thing, we go away camping and over night rafting or hiking near our place regularly. I guess I would need to talk with neighbours if we wanted to actually move forward I guess. We have this “fantasy” about having goats for milking, simple cheeses etc
Like to hear more about the ins and outs of it all from someone doing itSeptember 22, 2012 at 1:40 am #526660
You would need to find someone prepared to milk for you and look after your goats while you are away. I always timed my going away to coincide with no does milking! A couple of times I went away overnight and trained my son to milk. It’s a big commitment – especially twice a day milking.
The only other thing you can do is to leave the kid/s on the doe thru the day and lock away at night, milk only once a day in the morning. Then if you needed to be away, leave the kid/s with the doe 24 hours and they’ll take care of milking. You get less milk this way of course but I found it fit in with life a bit better!
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