How much milk does a dairy goat produce per day?
This article puts clarity on a few facts about dairy goat farming and milk production especially the amount of milk a dairy goat produces per day.
In dairy goat farming, most farmers get in with an exaggerated expectations, especially on daily milk production. You need to come to terms with the reality that goats are NOT cows. Below are a few realities that you have to come to terms with before you set your expectations from your dairy goats:
Facts about dairy goats and milk production:
A good dairy goat producers between 1 to 3 liters per day. Just like cows, you can find a few goats that produce exceptionally higher, but they are rare to get and expensive to buy.
The breed of goat only plays 30% of its milk production. The remaining 70% is on daily management (feeding, health, housing, etc).
Milk production in dairy goats is not consistent through all lactations. Do not overstretch your goat if periodical drops in milk production occur. From the fifth lactation, expect the productivity of your dairy goat to go down.
Overuse of concentrate feeds reduces the longevity of the goats. Do a lot of natural feeding (grazing and browsing) and minimal supplements.
I hope this helps someone.
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