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sokel

  • Joined Jun 2012
  • S W northumberland
milk !
« on: January 03, 2013, 03:19:57 am »
Or should I say lack of it !
anyone else struggling ? Our lot are almost dry ,we kept peach milking for our own use but she has suddenly dropped drastically :-\ only got 3 pints tonight off her :o  not sure we will cope untill  the others start kidding in march ! so used to at lib milk and now having to ration ourselves  :o
Graham

plumseverywhere

  • Joined Apr 2013
  • Worcestershire
    • Its Baaath Time
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Re: milk !
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2013, 09:23:15 am »
Savannah is dried off. I have some frozen for soap making but we are having to...BUY (yuk!!) supermarket goats milk for the children. (Because my business is soap made 'using our own goats milk' I have to do what it says on the tin obviously but next year I intend to freeze loads more instead of worrying about storage and pouring it away  >:(  )
Do you think the awful rain/floods/cloudy days have dried yours off quicker than normal maybe?
Smallholding in Worcestershire, making goats milk soap for www.itsbaaathtime.com and mum to 4 girls,  goats, sheep, chickens, dog, cat and garden snails...

jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: milk !
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2013, 12:50:59 pm »
Mine milk better when they can get outside and graze - which hasn't been possible lately so I wonder if that's it?

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: milk !
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2013, 02:24:31 pm »
It's lack of greenery and day light. Mine go down in NOvember, and hopefully will increase again in February. My (not very heavy milking) GG is on 1.2ltrs per day, the BT on just under 3ltrs. With one other BT still milking, but she's in kid, we have enough. But no pigs to take any surplus, so am making cheese every other day... :)

sokel

  • Joined Jun 2012
  • S W northumberland
Re: milk !
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2013, 09:47:41 pm »
Ours are used to being in and infact when we put them out they head back in at the first chance they get.
Light wise we have lights and a radio on from 7am untill 7pm
Greenery is a problem because during the growing season we are out branching every day no matter what the weather , they do get fresh fruit and veg every day but they do miss the leaves
We are really going to struggle as we do tend to use a hugh amount of milk between us  :-\
Graham

Lesley Silvester

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: milk !
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2013, 10:13:59 pm »
I'm getting two and a half pints a day from my girl but TBH that's not much less than she was giving in what was laughingly called summer.  She does have one side with some damage so not much from that.  It's plenty for us anyway and I can still freeze the occasional bottle or give it to my relief milkers.

fiestyredhead331

  • Joined Sep 2012
  • NW Highlands
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Re: milk !
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2013, 10:38:09 pm »
Our Daisy dropped off a while back but planning putting her in kid again.  :fc: Froze milk during the summer which I use for soapmaking
keeper of goats, sheep, pigs, ducks, chickens, turkeys, dogs, cats, goldfish and children, just don't ask me which is the most work!

 

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