Post by maggiesfarm2009 on Aug 27, 2009 14:21:45 GMT -5
My prize winning yearling now has only one side of her udder enlarged! She has not dried off, and her last twin to go had only nursed the one side. Thus the problem. The left teat is just like a bump on the udder that has one teat. I have not milked her in 10 days and she still looks like this! Do I milk her out again? she is just not "drying off" properly. Has anyone else solved this problem? Help! I am at a loss.
Post by Rose's Goats on Aug 28, 2009 8:01:19 GMT -5
Is the side that is enlarged the same side that the kid was nursing on? Probably she will be lopsided for life due to the uneven nursing. First time mom's have a big problem with becoming lopsided because their udders aren't "trained" by even milking/nursing to be equal on both sides.
There is a chance that the small teat has died due to infection and that it will never work again. I have seen this happen on goats and you will only know if that teat will work again by breeding her and seeing if it fills with milk the next time she kids. There is no cure for this.
As for drying off, it will take weeks for the milk in the udder to subside. I usually stop milking slowly by skipping milkings until the udder stops filling as quickly. I will skip a milking, then milk the goat, then skip three milkings, then milk the goat, then skip five milkings, then milk the goat, so on and so forth until the udder stops filling up so much. The entire time I am drying off a goat I give no grain and limited fresh grass. I do give hay. Grain and fresh grass stimulate milk production so this is why I try to limit it.
I would milk her out again if she is uncomfortable. Check her for mastitis just to make sure the enlargement isn't from infection. You can do a CMT but it will show some increased somatic cell count due to drying off. If it gels instantly into a thick blob, then you have mastitis and need to treat her with ToMorrow.
Post by maggiesfarm2009 on Aug 28, 2009 12:35:30 GMT -5
Thank you so much. She did have a case of very bad mastisis in this smaller teat that I treated for 10 days with penicillin shots, then noromycin and also my first ever Today infusion treatments, every 12 hours for 4-5 days, until there was no rope-like or cottage cheese milk and she tested clean for mastisis.
the enlarged teat is the one that was nursed the most, another month, after her other buckling was sold at 8 weeks. She nursed the other one until he was sold at 12 weeks. I really had no idea that the teat was becoming so enlarged.
In the past I too have dried off my does by skipping milkings, but everyone now says, ( even this site on milking) just STOP. I like the idea of skipping milkings. However, my does are so spoiled they have to get some grain when on the stand.
Last night this one side seemed smaller and less full. It has been 10 days since she was milked and 10 days since her last antibiotic shot.
However, I am afraid as you said that with the severe infection, we might have lost this teat. She had the most beautiful udder when she freshened and did great with her twins. I feel terrible because I sold the one at 8 weeks and that has totally messed up this udder! I learned a lesson but I sure would like to help this little doe. As I mentioned, she own 2 blue ribbons at our Ga. state show as a dry yearling.
Thank you for her help. I will try to milk her out tonight and see where we are. I am feeding coastal now and no grain when not on the stand. Will getting more grain now after 10 days be self defeating process?
Post by Rose's Goats on Aug 28, 2009 12:46:51 GMT -5
I wouldn't feed her any grain until she is ready to be bred again. She doesn't really need it unless she has to put on weight.
The smaller teat might come back but I can't tell you for sure.
I bottle feed all my babies because I have had problems with lopsided udders. This way I can be sure that the kids are getting the right amounts and the udders are being milked out completely and evenly. Most kids will pick a favorite side and there is not much you can do to get them to switch.
Post by maggiesfarm2009 on Aug 28, 2009 13:15:28 GMT -5
Thank you again. She actually does need a little weight- she is very thin due to the twins and now all of this. I will milk her out and test that side for mastitis, then proceed on a 5 day schedule until no more milk is there. I know dam raising is very hard on the does and the udders, but since my herd has been CAE negative for 15 years, I continue to let the dams raise the babies.