When we started out with goats, we bought 2 doeling who were registered with NDGA. After deciding that we wanted to get into big-time breeding, we decided that we wanted to re-register them with one of the largest dairy goat registries in the US, the American Dairy Goat Association. We had a stumbling block, however, because ADGA does not accept NDGA paperwork for registration. Thankfully the American Goat Society will check NDGA paperwork to see if it is possible to register with them, and after your goat is registered with AGS, you can re-register with ADGA. So long story short, we got our does registered with AGS, and sent the paperwork into ADGA to be re-registered. Our paperwork came back, but turns out we were supposed to send in a Transfer Record Request form from AGS. We also had to tattoo our doe's tails with the letter "Q".
Transfering can be a bit confusing, and somewhat expensive if you have more than a few goats to register. Since couldn't register Ella and Blossom with AGS without registering 1 grandma, and both parents, it cost us $59, plus a membership. I'm SUPER glad now that we have the AGS membership, since I plan to register my babies with them, so I'm not complaining. From what I can tell, registering babies born on your farm is easier. Thanks for reading!
Years ago Mom said that she had a
She was a 7 week-old German Shepherd/Australian Shepherd cross, and we went through a long list of names trying to figure out the right name. We had settled on 'Muffin' when Taylor decided that Muffin wasn't the right name, and we needed to choose a different one. Mom suggested 'Molly', and that's what we went with.
First fresheners typically produce less milk than subsequent freshenings, and my doe Blossom was down to less than a cup a day, so I decided to dry her off.
First I milked her like normal, except I left 2 or 3 squirts left in her udder. I stayed on this milking schedule for the next few days, and then moved on to phase two. Over the next week-and-a-half I proceeded to leave more milk in her udder squirt by squirt to prevent discomfort and/or mastitis. At the end, I was only milking out 1 or 2 squirts out of each teat. Then I stopped milking completly, and she continues to dry off for the next 1-3 weeks.
So far only Blossom has been dried off, and we plan to start drying off everyone else in late January. Happy drying!