To start out my question,I give you some history on the doe.Her first kid died at birth so i didn't milk her.Her second kid lived.I had to milk her once and only one teat.I figured the kid would suck on both,but she only suck on the one that i milk out.The other teat dryed up.So will the teat that dryed up be fictional again this year or did she lose that teat?
Try stimulating it to see if you can get it to produce. If she is still lactating it and you "milk it" like you do the other side, it might start to produce. It probably will not produce as much as it would have if it had been milked daily all along, but it might produce again during this lactation.
Is this a dairy breed or other? If not dairy, it may just remain dry for this time around. If no mastitis or anything occurred, it should produce next time.
Post by Rose's Goats on Jan 3, 2011 10:33:54 GMT -5
She will probably be lopsided forever due to the one teat drying up in the past. She may start to produce on both teats this next lactation even with the lopsided-ness. I would definitely spend a lot of time massaging both teats after she gives birth to stimulate the entire udder to produce milk. Massage her a couple of times a day and milk her out often at first. Then continue to milk her twice a day until you want to dry her up. Massage and milk.
Post by maggiesfarm2009 on Apr 17, 2011 12:44:42 GMT -5
I am having the same problem with lop-sidedness! The one side had mastitis after last year's kids were weaned. I wanted to bred again to see if both teats were OK. They are but we are back to the right teat being huge and feeling a hardness in the other side although her triplets are nursing all sides well and gaining weight. SHE DOES NOT LIKE TO BBE MILKED AND FIGHTS ME ALL THE TIME. I HAVE TO MILK INTO A TOWEL. FORGET THE BUCKET! I am using warm compresses, ( towels) and some massage. I try to milk out once a day by tempting her with grain on the stand. Other ideas about this udder?
Post by Rose's Goats on Apr 18, 2011 14:10:02 GMT -5
I haven't had much luck with getting a goat to not be lop-sided once it has occured. I have two does who are currently lop-sided at every lactation. Both happened due to kids only nursing on one side. Their teats and udders are normal and not lumpy, they just produce lots more milk on one side than the other.
Maybe check her for mastitis? If a CMT shows high results then I would treat for mastitis with ToDay infusions.
Post by jessamine on Sept 29, 2011 17:12:03 GMT -5
My first kidding that happened, and what I found at least this was the case with me, is that that year I never really get it back. I tired milking 3 times a day, it helped a little but not much. The next year however, she had both teat working great, and know she is a great producer!
Post by Rose's Goats on Sept 30, 2011 7:41:48 GMT -5
I have been struggling with mastitis in my herd this year, so here is my caution to all with udder/teat problems --- Be sure to dry treat your goats with a mastitis treatment as they go into the dry season. Once you aren't going to milk your goat anymore until they freshen again, be sure to put something in the udder that will kill any bacteria that might be in there and keep the udder clean for the dry time. My one goat who has had bad mastitis went into the dry season last year with it, she freshened with it, and she still has it. I sent milk samples to be cultured so I can get the proper meds to treat the bacteria she has in her udder. I will be dry treating all of my goats this year to keep their udders healthy.
Mastitis doesn't just go away! Once the bacteria is in the udder, it stays there until proper antibiotics are used to kill it.