for people who love the littlest dairy goats
Today at milking time I noticed a bit of blood on the paper towel that I used to wash Sumac's udder with. I took a look and saw that she had a bad cut on it. This happens from time to time as some of our fencing is barbed wire and the goats like to find places to squeeze through it. When it happens we carefully hand-milk the doe rather than using the machine, and we keep the cut dry and clean until it heals. Sumac's cut was pretty deep and I could see something that I thought might be the tube that the milk flows through so I decided to be extra-careful. I started to squeeze her teat and the exposed tube burst. Milk poured out of it into the strip cup as I stared in sick horror. I carefully cleaned it after it was done and milked out her other side.
I don't think there's a whole lot that can be done about it so we're just going to stop milking that side and keep the cut clean and dry. I have no idea if it will heal properly or if she's finished as a milker. There's really nothing to do but wait and see, and keep an eye out for mastitis or infection of the wound itself.
It didn't seem to bother Sumac at all, she didn't flinch in the least. I really hope she's okay, she's such a sweet goat and a good milker.
Don't use barbed wire fences.