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Re: Treatment of Domestic Animals Raised for Food
« on: March 16, 2015, 06:59:24 pm »

Agelbert:By the way. how is the latest goat family doing? I have often wondered if goats, like cows, have to be kept pregnant in order to give milk except when their kids are nursing.   

The goats are fine. Our two oldest does, ages 7 and 6, each had triplets two months ago. Their kids are pretty well weaned now and we're preparing to begin milking.

Yes, like cows, goats cannot give milk until they have kidded. Then, depending on their age, how many sets of kids they have had, and their genes, they can sometimes be milked for a year or more before their milk production drops off to where it isn't worth the effort to milk them anymore.

And when they are giving milk to the kids, is there enough for you to make cheese without hurting the kid milk supply?


It partly depends on how many kids they have. Kinder goats, the breed we raise, have been know to bear up to six kids in one kidding (!), but even with quads or quints, the breeder may have to bottle feed kids that aren't getting their fair share of milk.

 As for hurting the kids' milk supply, breeders handle the situation in various ways, but what we do is wean the kids to the point where they can subsist on hay, forage, and a little grain, and then we begin milking.    Can't wait too long to start though or the does begin to dry up.

I recently read that when human fertile females are exposed by wolf pups (or dog pups) to the Oxytocin pheromone, they start producing milk. I wonder if that has been tried.

I don't know about using oxytocin for contraception and artificial inducement of lactation, but an obstetrician once told me that, back in the old days, to encourage contractions, a woman in labor was sometimes given someone else's infant to nurse.

This is because the act of breastfeeding would cause the expectant mother to produce oxytocin, which in turn causes contractions. Post-partum, nursing also encourages contractions that enable delivery of the placenta.

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