We have a Nigerian dwarf goat (named Honey) that a friend loaned us to use as a family milker. Her milk is so rich and creamy that we find ourselves hiding it from each other in our fridge. It’s 6% butterfat. It has no goaty flavor and no smell… just delicious! Grayson does all the milking himself, two times a day. He’s learning some serious skillz. Honey loves all the special attention and treats she gets from being milked. Whenever she sees Grayson she jumps up on her milk stand and waits for him.
We were told there was a chance that Honey could be pregnant. We decided to take her down to the Verandah Pet Hospital to find out with an ultrasound. Dr. Piper is a small animal vet and doesn’t treat goats (ruminants). He made an exception for us… for the kids. Goats are considered livestock and treated by large animal veterinarians. Dr. Piper can’t deny that it turned out to be a fun experience though. The children loved it!
The ultrasound didn’t find any baby goats. That’s the ultrasound machine in the background in the above photo. If she were pregnant, the ultrasound would find the babies on her left side under the rumen. Oh well, maybe next time. Now we can milk her longer.
Here’s a link to a YouTube of an ultrasound being done on a goat. It can be difficult to tell if a goat is pregnant. This is a link from Fiasco Farms (my absolute favorite online site for goat information) for more information about goat pregnancy.
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