Since I wasn’t able to breed my Oberhasli, we planned on buying a freshened Nigerian Dwarf. I chose that breed, because it has about the highest butterfat content which is better for making certain cheese, butter and so forth. But for now I just wanted milk.
Nigerians usually give about a quart a day. The woman I bought her from said she milked 1-1.5 quarts from her as a second freshener (second year of being a milker). I can’t get anymore than 2-2.5 cups daily milking twice a day. I thought I had been lied to.
While working outside, I happened to turn and see the ND with her own teat in her mouth. A few days later, I saw an Ober, head upside down, with her mouth on the teat. An amusing site, considering an Oberhasli is twice the size of a Nigerian, but also a possible reason why I wasn’t getting much milk.
But were they actually drinking? And so began our fun…
Round 1: Paper first-aid tape to tape the teats closed. ND pulled it right off.
Round 2: Taped it a different way. Nigerian pulled it off.
Round 3: Taped the daylights out of her. She couldn’t get it off, but the Obers were more than willing to help.
Round 4: Taped her again, but put her into a stall overnight alone. She got the tape off. Sigh.
Round 5: After a trip to the pet store to purchase bitter apple spray, I sprayed it all over her teats and udder. In the morning, her udder had less milk than previous mornings.
Round 6: Taped the daylights out of her udder then sprayed the bitter apple spray on it. I mean I taped that sucker. She looked like she was carrying a mummy around. It was gone the next morning.
Round 7: I’ll let you know. I ordered an udder support which is also used for weaning kids off of mama and blocking self-nursers.