It's that time of year again.
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!