A pound of milk is two fluid ounces. So, to use Brice Mosses feed conversion ratio -- if we were getting a pound of milk per pound of grain from our cow, we'd be getting 4 gallons of milk a day. Right? Do you know how much the kids are eating? Or do they have free udder access and you milk dry twice, with the pound of grain for a pound of milk being your take?
Red Cloud 31 wrote:
From research I did years ago, (don't remember the source, unfortunately), it said goats have a higher metabolism so require more feed to maintain flesh, but are much more efficient milk producers on less forage per pound of milk than cows.
Our goats are all pretty heavy producers and most of them give considerably more than a gallon a day by their second freshening. I'd like to get away from grain feeding and am working to that end; however, they need more legumes in the diet as a protein source if they are not getting much grain, and as mentioned by previous posters, more sugars in the forage. They actually have a hard time digesting grain, but the high producers have to have plenty of protein and sugars or yes, they will go into ketosis.
Goats can easily digest lespedeza, and cows not so well, so they can maintain on a more fibrous forage than cows. They also have a digestive enzyme in their saliva which deactivates tannic acid, like that found in some crops or in oak leaves, that a cow cannot.
Goat milk, being easier to digest, is a benefit to some people. It sells for much more than cow's milk too. However, I think it just boils down to which animal you prefer and how much land you have and what kind. Goats prefer scrub land and browse with plenty of weeds, cows prefer a more grassy pasture and will eat some weeds.
Goats are hell on fences though, and we spend a lot of time just tightening and mending fences. We're in the North Carolina mountains and a cow would probably break a leg on some of the areas our goats feed on.
Ui Afualo wrote: I love milking my snubian, her teats are so much bigger and easier to handle than the nigerian. Put it this way the nigerians milk like this [pst pst pst pst] but the snubian milks like this [pssssssssssssst, pssssssssssssst, psssssssssssssst]. It takes me about the same amt of time to milk the nigerian as it does to milk the snubian only the snubian gives me twice as much milk with less effort. My nigerians definitely have a more impatient personality and baa at me until its their turn on the stand, they let me know when their done on the stand as well. On the other hand, the snubian is so quite and patient and is just a sweet heart.
R wannabe wrote:I understand you not wanting him to suffer. But I understand the "jerk" too. He is right--he will heal on his own or not. A vet can't do much short of surgery $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
2 gallons a day is about right for that age--but it is at an age it can be weaned off onto solid food. Calves can have goat milk (but not the other way around). Most milk replacer is soy based and not really good nutrition so supplement with a good solid food ration ASAP.
Yes, SOME cows will take an adopted calf. Sometimes you will need to milk the cow into a bottle and feed the calf.
Goats and calves can get along fine, it really depends on their personalities and histories. If they don't, the horns can be a problem.
dellartemis McCoy wrote:A single cow, I've learned, is a small scale dairy. "A pound of milk is two fluid ounces. "