Tuesday, February 28, 2012

And The Winners Are

Henry Milker owners were invited to send in photos of their milker in use with their goat, cow or sheep. These 2 contestants were randomly selected using a scientific method of pulling slips of named paper out of a bean pot to insure proper security. First place was to win a new Henry Milker 2 and the second place winner a new Henry Milker bag. I'm changing the prizes. Both of these Happy Henry Milkers will receive each a milker and a bag. If you are pictured, email me right away to claim your prizes.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Bottle Feeding and Weaning Goats

A large syringe works great with newborns
In the late stages of pregnancy and for the first few days after birth the doe produces a yellowish-thick milk called colostrum. It's rich in protein, and nutrients. It also contains essential antibodies. It is best to allow the babies to nurse from the mom for the first 48 hours to get this "liquid gold" but if unavailable from the doe, colostrum may be purchased in a paste form.

When To Wean Goats
Commercial dairy goat operations wean baby goats soon after birth. The reason for doing this is simple; take as much milk from the mom as possibly, as soon as possible and sell the milk for money. The American way! Many years of good results from this commercial practice has led many small-time goat farmers to do the same; wean goats at an early age to get back to harvesting milk.
                                                        Feeding From a Bottle

It is an approved practice to freeze goat milk throughout the year and use it later to bottle feed young as you remove them from the mother. Weaning the baby from the mother at an early age and bottle feeding is thought to produce goats that are much more people-friendly. There are many commercial goat milk formulas that work well also. Holding the baby goat in a secure (snuggly) position while feeding makes for a happy feeding session.

Other shorts you may enjoy:
Delivery of Baby Goats 
Nursing a baby back  
How Early To Breed My Doe 
Breeding My Doe 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Nursing a baby back

Syringe Fed Kid Goats
The mom had 4 kids and not enough milk for all so this little one was fed by hand from the very first day, he was the runt and not able to get to the mom's milk.

The top photo shows the kid being fed milk with a large plastic syringe. Baby goats need to have their mom's rich milk (colostrum) during the first 12-24 hours of life. Colostrum is necessary so their little bodies can set up the defense mechanisms to fight diseases and to kick start their delicate digestive system.

How Early To Breed My Doe 
Breeding My Doe 
Milking Stand