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Gunestone

  • Joined Jan 2017
Teat plugs
« on: March 20, 2019, 01:50:32 pm »
One of our new goats has plugs blocking her teats every morning when we milk her. She is currently being dried off as she is due to kid in May but I thought that goats don't usually have plugs except for just after kidding? No signs of mastitis. Also she seems to have more milk on the one side than the other? Is this normal?
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Penninehillbilly

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: Teat plugs
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2019, 07:39:23 pm »
Try the washing up liquid test, I think it's half a cup of milk, put a few drops of liquid in, if it goes stringy (might have to leave for a while), it could be early mastitis.

Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Teat plugs
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2019, 10:33:43 pm »
One of mine had several teat plugs which were like tiny stones. I found the only way to sort the problem was to squeeze it out like you might squeeze a blackhead (but not using finger nails. They would hit the milking bucket with a load ping.


She would stand very still while I did this so it clearly didn't hurt. Or maybe she knew she would be more comfortable once it was out.


It wouldn't hurt to do the washing up liquid test. I only used a saucerful of milk and a few drops of washing up liquid and I would do a check every few months. The only goat who ever had mastitis was the one who also had the stones.

Gunestone

  • Joined Jan 2017
Re: Teat plugs
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2019, 08:52:50 am »
Have done the milk test and it seems fine. When would you reduce to every other day milking? She is nearly dry on the one side, and giving between 150-250ml a day, leaving some in.

Scarlet.Dragon

  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Teat plugs
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2019, 03:22:31 pm »
I think that may be why you're finding teat plugs... she's drying herself off!  She should be ok to reabsorb the milk if she's down to just 150-250ml a day at the moment...  I'd drop to only milking if she looks "tight" - so maybe once every 3 or 4 days over the next fortnight and that should see her dry.  But I don't keep milking goats.  I've heard some of the milkers with me stop milking at half litre (500mls) leaving them to reabsorb that once the plugs are in place.
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Gunestone

  • Joined Jan 2017
Re: Teat plugs
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2019, 05:27:58 pm »
Thanks everyone. Haven't milked her the past few days and she is fine.

 

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