Annie Hope wrote: I was a little confused about needing to leave the bra on after milking for a recovery period. From what I know about human milk, the more stimulation the better to improve production.
Kari Gunnlaugsson wrote: I'm thinking about goats and milk as well...I'm just not sure how feasible the management would be for me. I suppose I could just halter break a heifer and drink cows milk, but the length of the goat lactation is appealing.
Regarding the logistics of milking goats...You are restricting kid access by using a bra or separate pens overnight and then milking? Would there be any problems with altering this schedule to allow an overnight or a weekend away from the farm...ie letting the kids have free access to the doe while you are away and then returning to milking schedule on return?? I'm really not interested in maximizing milk production, I just need a little. Also there is lots of land available, so i think it would be easier for me to keep an extra goat or two than to have to manage fewer of them more intensively.
What are the drawbacks to using a bra? I would rather not pen simply because I'd rather have them out grazing on the land than cooped up where they need to be fed and will trash the vegetation. Does portable electric netting work to contain them or would they laugh at that?
thank you so much for your advice..