How to dry up one side of doe.

Asked May 3, 2019, 11:18 AM EDT

Have a doe with very large teats/udder and the kid (one) only nurses on one side leaving the other huge. I have been releasing the pressure once per day (only taking about a cup) would like to dry up that side as it is huge looks painful etc. and kid may never need the extra milk. Can i inject something into that side to stop production yet other side will continue to feed kid?

Douglas County Oregon dairy dairy goats

1 Response

Hello.

If the kid is not removing enough (any) milk from that half of the udder, you’ll need to completely milk out that half out daily. Not doing so will increase the risk of mastitis in that half. It’s possible that there is already a subclinical case of mastitis, and that’s why the kid is ignoring that half. If there is subclinical mastitis, milking it out completely is the best thing. At some point, the kid may become interested in that teat again, and, as the kid grows, it can consume more milk. Do keep an eye out for clinical mastitis symptoms (flake/clumps in the milk; redness, heat, or swelling of the udder)."Killing" the udder half for the remainder of the lactation may be possible, but you will need to consult with your veterinarian.

Good luck.