Lauren Dixon wrote:I had the gentleman who I purchased this goat from come by this morning to help me troubleshoot. As soon as she tried laying down in the stanchion, he simply got up and walked away from her. Immediately she began hollering at him to come back. He came back, started milking, and she laid down again. So, he walked away again. She started hollering. By the third time, she decided that she didn't want to lay down and get ignored, so she stood there nicely and allowed him to milk her out. Easy as pie. I was amazed. He told me that we just shouldn't give her any attention when she's acting up, not even negative attention like squishing her and picking her up. Just walk away until she decides to behave. Worked like a charm. He plans to keep coming around for milking time until we've got this straightened out.
Dee Ann Reed wrote: I recommend laying a wire ore bristly brush across the top of the milk pail, and she'll try the laying down thing a few times, and then she'll stop that. As for kicking, sometimes I have had to milk holding a leg in one hand, and milking with the other for awhile. A better option is to nail some short boards to the stanchion, and tie her legs for a couple days.
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Katy Whitby-last wrote: you may need to back a few stages at some points but always remember this is an intelligent animal that needs to be treated with respect as soon as you start to apply force you will be on the losing end of the battle.