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2009 Milk Test
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-- 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 th
rough 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.

For more information click on this link: Ruminations Magazine.
Your source for information on the milk testing program



For 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
plan for Capacity Recordation Only.

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.

Sincerely,
Barb Halligan


Doe Information
Pounds in AM + Pounds in PM = Total
Days in Milk
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Xs Fresh
# Kids
Total Lbs/
Total days
Unofficial Stars
Height -
Not
official
May 2
AM/PM
Jun 1
PM/AM
Jul 1
AM/PM
Aug 3
AM/PM
Sep 2
AM/PM
Oct 2
AM/---

Caeser's Villa Paige ARMCH 4*D E

7th
1
432/184

20.75"

Kid on
all day
2.7
---
2.7
6 days

2.1
1.9

4.0

37

1.5
1.7
3.2
67


1.5
0.8
2.3
99

1.1
1.0
2.1
130

1.1
----
1.1
160


CornerStone Farm
Asriel
AR 2*D

6th
3

332/153

21"

2.0
1.2 (kid on)
3.2

31
days

1.5
1.6

3.1

62
1.4
1.1
2.5
92
0.8
0.3
1.1
124

.6
.4
1.0
155

Dry
9/27
----

182


CornerStone Farm
Phebe
AR*D

6th
1
269/175
21"
----1.2
1.1
2.3 lbs
33 days
1.4
1.4
2.8
63
1.0
0.6
1.6
95
.4
.4
.8
126
.7
----
.7
156

CornerStone Farm
Abigail
5th
2
518/204
21.5"

2.5
1.3 (Kid on)
3.8

26 days

2.5
1.6
4.1

57
2.0
1.6
3.6
87
1.2
1.0
2.2
119
.9
.8
1.7
150
1.2
----
1.2
180

CornerStone Farm
Joy
3rd
2
607/194
*D
20.75"
1.8
2.5
4.3
16 days
3.0
2.4

5.4

47
2.2
1.7
3.9
77
1.9
1.1
3.0
109

1.3
1.3
2.6
140

1.5
----
1.5
170


CornerStone Farm
Amariah

2nd
2
415/203

21.25"
1.6
1.5
3.1
25 days
1.7
1.6
3.3

56
1.5
1.8
3.3
86
1.1
0.7
1.8
118

.8
.8
1.6
149

.6
----
.6
179


CornerStone Farm
Lasea

2nd
1
442/197

20.25"

1.0
1.5
2.5
19
days

1.8
1.5
3.3

50
1.7
1.7
3.4
80
1.3
1.0
2.3
112
.9
1.0
1.9
143
1.1
----
1.1
143

CornerStone Farm STS Bethsan
2nd
1
236/99
20.5"
2.0
2.1
4.1
8
days
2.1
1.6
3.
7
39
1.6
1.5
3.1
69
------------

CornerStone Farm STS Ammi
2nd
2
528/193
4*D
21.25"

3.1
2.0 (Kid on)
5.1
15
days

2.6
1.9

4.5

46
2.1
1.8
3.9
76
1.4
0.8
2.2
108
1.1
1.0
2.1
139
1.2
----
1.2
169

CornerStone Farm
Anah II
1st
2
460/196
20.5"
2.3
2.4
4.7
18
days
2.1
1.9

4.0

49
1.4
1.8
3.2
79
1.2
1.0
2.2
111
.7
.8
1.5
142
.8
----
.8
172

CornerStone Farm
Bered
1st
3
383/201
21.5"
2.4
2.0
4.4
23 days
1.5
1.4

2.9

54
1.7
1.1
2.8
84
0.7
0.7
1.4
116
.8
.7
1.5
147
.4
----
.4
177

CornerStone Farm
Saron
1st
2
314/166
19.75"
---2.3
1.9

4.2

17 days
1.7
1.7
3.4
47
1.4
1.0
2.4
79
.9
.9
1.8
110
.1
----
.1
140
Herd average for month - # of does milked3.79
-10
3.73
-12
3.26
-12
2.05 -11 1.7
-11
.87
-10

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.

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