The records below are unofficial barn records being kept on our does.
-- Pilot Milk Test Process
Going forward, in 2010, I will be doing unofficial milk test on my herd to prove out my goats for myself and my buyers through Ruminations Magazine.
I participated in a pilot milk test program (6 month test period) in 2009 to be used for Ruminations magazine . This voluntary pilot test on my herd was used to create a baseline for future Ruminations subscribers to participate in milk test in order to help them prove out their herds unofficially. It was conducted with the strictest of DHIR rules adherence, as though it was a an official DHIR milk test program. The actual weights of recording were computed and completed by an independent, yet official, DHI coordinator - not associated with Ruminations Magazine.
By unofficial, this means; any person that wishes to conduct milk test on their herds without going through their official goat registry. Ruminations Magazine is offering a program to give Ruminations subscribers, not enrolled in official DHIR, a chance
to prove the milking lines in their herd through capacity recordation only. Unofficial milk test allows you to see if your goats would qualify for their milking stars, but it is not part of their permanent registry information.
Unofficial milk test does not go through the USDA and there is no monthly cost associated with the program. It is a way to have an independent and impartial third party, yet official DHI coordinator, involved in your tests to give validity, to both your breeding program and milk test data. The NDHIA milk test program used is OS43.
NOTE: For our involvement, for these 6 months, 2 of our does "unofficially" qualified for their milking stars. If we had continued milking the full 305 day lactation (10 months) on our herd, I believe that 8 of our other does would have qualified for their stars as well. Their milk totals were very close to qualifying when I stopped. This information will be used to advertise our herd.
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six years we had official supervised DHIR milk testing done on our herd, but due
to career changes and other factors, I was not able to keep up with official testing.
I am a licensed milk supervisor and recorded my milk weights using USDA DHIR
Code 43 test
We dam raise our kids. Our opinion: We feel this is healthiest for the Dams and the kids as well. For the kid's first 3 weeks, we only milk the does out in the AM and allow the kids to nurse the remainder of the day. After 3 weeks, we go to twice a day. Due to this management practice, the milk weights we record, possibly will not reflect what other herds are seeing that milk twice a day at an earlier age or bottle feed their kids starting at birth.
Milk Test Process: On test day (24 hour period) if the kids are still nursing, we take the kids off and milk the dams out. Twelve hours later we do the AM milking and 12 hours later again, we do the PM milking. Any issues that will affect the weights will be noted, (i.e., kids escaping and milking dam's out before milk time). Once kids are weaned, we follow normal DHIR 305 procedures.
Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us with them.
Thank you for the confidence.
June comparison: 4 does decreased milked production less then a pound (.4 - .7). One doe decreased 1.5 pounds for which I have no explanation. Not sure why this happened. All others increased or stayed consistent.
July comparison: As I anticipated, the milk would decrease a bit when the kids went to their new homes. Half the herd's kids left in June. We also had high temps in low 90s and high humidity the week+ before test. Overall, the herd is still doing well above the Nigerian milking average of 2.5.
August comparison: There were many factors affecting milk production in the month of July leading up to test in August: All kids have been picked up by their new owners, we changed hay due to saving our good hay for pregnancy and kidding in the Spring next year, our weather changed the last 2 weeks of July - from moderate to high humidity and temps in 90s, and irregular milking schedule due to work obligations (not able to milk every 12 hours). All in all still strong.
September comparison: August continued to be a hot and humid month. The does were off feed again.
October comparison: I started drying off the does in September by milking them only once a day in the AM. 1 doe (Asriel) dried off 9/27. I also started cutting back on their grain and hay is only given in the PM chores.
The whole exercise this year is showing me a lot on my herd. It is so much different doing test totally on my own, then being on supervised test. I am grateful to have done it.
We would like to thank all the breeders who have taken the time to breed the
qualities we are using in our base herd to produce what we consider the CornerStone
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