Well, the family has grown again. On May 4th a young buck kid was born, and his mama is giving a gallon per day.
Today, another Nanny kidded and we have twin nannies, I also purchased a newborn (yesterday) buck kid.
So, there is 4 little mouths to feed!
Problem is: on birthing day, the mama's are treated with one medicine that gets rid of worms, and external parasites.
In about a week, all goat vaccinations will also be done. So the milk will clear from all the above at about the same time.
So until abou the middle of June, the only use for goat milk that I have is feeding the babies. My freezer is getting so full of milk!
I save some in case there is not enough or problems in the future.
But, enough is enough. I will be getting about 2 gallons per day, and the 4 babies will likely not eat a full gallon for awhile. They will get up to eating more, when they grow some!
I milk twice per day, and I am already saving the water from rinsing out the milking bucket, all bottles, and jugs and saving the water as a fundicide.
But, I can't keep freezing milk, I could feed it to chickens, I guess, or to the dogs, but is there any other uses for milk, that can't be ingested due to pesticides used on the mama goats? Would it be safe in goat milk soap? I used Ivermectin. I hate using pesticides, but I don't know of any alternatives for internal and external parasites, and can't let the animals suffer.
And so, I now have oh my, 9 little manure machines! 2 boys, and 2 girls, and only one goat left to go, and all kids will be born! I will be vaccinating them for clostridium and Lepto. And the follow up will be another clostridium and tetanus vaccination.
These are annual vaccinations, and not something done without alot of forethought and vet recommendations.