Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Feeding fodder

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lisa Cotter Oct 11, 2013. 19 Replies

Has anyone out there fed their ND's primarily fodder, supplemented with hay/browse? In light of the super high percentage of GMO alfalfa these days, and the fact that I cannot get organic/non-GMO…Continue

Videos of milking ND's? To hobble or not?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Juliana Goodwin Nov 6, 2012. 24 Replies

I am brand new to milking and looking for help with technique and training ND's to be milked.  I found these two videos on You Tube…Continue

Tags: Videos, Milking, Hobble

Reusable coffe filter to filter milk?

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Craft Jul 18, 2012. 10 Replies

My husband and I like to avoid disposable items whenever possible. Wondering if any of you use a reusable coffee filter to filter your milk? I read about a few people using them on a different goat…Continue

Tags: filters, Milk

New Milkmaid - mastitis? technique?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Glenna Rose Aug 23, 2012. 43 Replies

I read through some other threads that cover some of my questions, but wanted to put all of them in one place. I have two does that freshened on 6/29 (twins, 3rd freshening) and 7/1 (single, first…Continue

Tags: udder, uneven, mastitis, Milking

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Traci Gardner replied to Jedi Clampett's discussion How much milk needed for goat cheese
"I have two in milk now, for the third time. For our family (me, my husband, a 1.5 year old, and a 3 year old), three does would be ideal, maybe even four. I make a gallon of yogurt at a time and we go through that in a week or so. Right now, only my…"
Dec 27, 2013
Lisa Cotter replied to Traci Gardner's discussion Feeding fodder
"Livestock fodder increases your feed up to six times its weight. It's highly nutritious and provides  20% protein by dry weight. Here's another link on fodder http://fmicrofarm.com/2013/01/29/luke-i-am-your-fodder/ Hopefully this…"
Oct 11, 2013
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Traci Gardner's discussion Feeding fodder
"Patty, Fodder is much higher in protein and nutrition than simple grains. A lot of people trying to keep GMO out of their herd's food system use fodder because it works well in place of alfalfa. Not sure the amounts, but it's more…"
Oct 10, 2013
Patty Meyer replied to Traci Gardner's discussion Feeding fodder
"This is such a neat post, and I love the pictures.  They make the fodder look so lovely! :)  I'm not sure if I understand the fodder benefits though.  Is the idea just to replace the grain with fodder, or to replace the entire…"
Oct 10, 2013
Lisa Cotter replied to Traci Gardner's discussion Feeding fodder
"Ya, the fodder blog has been removed from that site. I am not sure why, it had great pictures and step by step information."
Oct 10, 2013
Glenna Rose replied to Traci Gardner's discussion Feeding fodder
"Hmmm.  That went to a marmalade recipe and a search for fodder brought it right back to that.  Oh, well. "
Oct 10, 2013
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Traci Gardner's discussion Feeding fodder
"Just noticed your question, Traci. We feed hay to the goats in the evening when they come into the barn for milking, but during the day, they are on pasture and don't get anything supplemental. "
Oct 7, 2013
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Traci Gardner's discussion Feeding fodder
"Just came across a new blog post on growing fodder: http://www.tosingwithgoats.com/search/label/fodder%20feeding "
Oct 7, 2013
Traci Gardner replied to Sally Knight's discussion Teat Dip
"I'd save your money (and time) and skip it, as well. We've never used any teat dip, whether the kids are on them or not. We wash before milking with hot water and Dr. Bronner's castille soap. Haven't had a problem in the over 3…"
Jun 9, 2013
Traci Gardner replied to Traci Gardner's discussion Feeding fodder
"Through the bit of research I've done, I've read that oats are more difficult to sprout than barley or wheat. Plus, barley is more nutritious/higher in protein.  Do you supplement with any hay or their pasture is enough? "
Jun 7, 2013
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Traci Gardner's discussion Feeding fodder
"We were going to do fodder with oats last winter but never got around to actually doing anything beyond buying he oats. :( I was going to do oats because a woman with a 600-head goat dairy once told me that if I could ever get my hands on oat hay to…"
Jun 7, 2013
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Traci Gardner's discussion Feeding fodder
"lol Too many questions!! lol just kiddin' The amounts are about what she said she used... I wrote them down, and then didn't really understand my scribbles. lol I went from my memory as best I could. Plus, like I said, there is a yeast…"
Jun 7, 2013
Margaret Langley replied to Traci Gardner's discussion Feeding fodder
"SO, equal parts of oat and barley and 1/3 that amount of BOSS. And did Pholia also give you the amounts for this? Do you get the oats and barley at the feed store? Does TSC sell them? Rolled oats or what specifics do I need to know about WHAT TYPE…"
Jun 6, 2013
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Traci Gardner's discussion Feeding fodder
"I just eyeball it... lol BUT Hay is free choice, and I haven't been feeding more than two flakes for the does and all the babies (five does, 2 yearlings, 4 kids) because they have a ton of browse. At night, I am giving the kids a small amount…"
Jun 6, 2013
Margaret Langley replied to Traci Gardner's discussion Feeding fodder
"Rachel, I am very interested in this. It is starting to cost me more and more to feed all my stock as I now have close to 100 head with all my poultry, rabbits etc. added to the goats and more importantly I am worried about the GMOs etc. Can you…"
Jun 6, 2013
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Traci Gardner's discussion Feeding fodder
"Yes, Pholia Farms is a commercial Nigerian Dwarf Dairy farm! :) They make cheese. I asked Giannaclis about alfalfa (because I had heard that it increases production) She said that there is new evidence that it might actually be long stemmed roughage…"
Jun 6, 2013

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