Let's talk teats **PIX ADDED**

RockyToggRanch

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I know I'll need to post pix. I have questions about my 2yr old togg does. One kidded a yr ago and one did not. (before I had them).
The one that kidded has teats that are about 4-5 inches long. I would think they should've shrunk up some. I'm new to this and remember hearing something about blowing out a teat. I'm concerned about this since I intend to breed her this fall. The other one has teensy tiny teats, but I just noticed a bulge on one. I'm hoping it's a bug bite.

Just wondering about the basics of goat teats. I'm afraid to google...when I was looking for chickens I googled black chicks and all hell broke loose.

Thanks
Cindy
 
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If you can post a pic of her teats, I can evaluate them for you and say what they will look like and whether they will be milkable during lactation.

They may be just large but good teats, or they might be bad teats. I cannot say without seeing them.

As for the other one, it may be a nub, again I need to see it.
 

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I finally got pictures. They're both 2 yrs old, not related. The larger teat girl has kidded once, the other has not. Notice on tiny teats that there is a little bulge on the left teat. I'm hoping these girls are milkable next spring. Their little boyfriend is getting anxious.
 

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they arent show udders, but they should be absolutely fine for home milking.

they are lovely bodied does, even though the udders arent the greatest. but I have some shockers in my own herd.

breed them, milk them, enjoy them
 

RockyToggRanch

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Thanks...
I was worried that the long teats were abnormal and could cause issues with milking. Don't most shrink back up some?
 

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I also have 2 togg does.. and one of mine has larger teats and one smaller.. I'm not sure if you've milked yours yet.. but I've found that my girl Nellie has the perfect teats.. similiar to the photo of your goat with the larget teats. In my opinion it's the perfect size for milking... just perfect.. I can't really explain it but once you milk her you'll know , compared to the doe with the smaller teats... which are also just fine..
I've been posting some questions on here in regards to the goat milk , it seems mine is super strong tasting. Strong enough that my 2 daughters won't partake in it.. let me know how your milk turns out!! I'm anxious to hear! Lots of folks have said that Toggs have really strong tasting milk.. Update us.. let us know how yours is!
 

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I spoke to a lady that raises Toggenburgs when I was getting my first goats. She actually advised me against buying them for milk consumption; she keeps Saanens for milk, and Toggenburgs for cheesemaking.

My doe didn't shrink much at all, she just looked like she had been milked. I think what looks strange is that the teats are so large and the udder isn't visible at all. The teats are also very far back. Neither of the goats seem to have anything medically wrong, they are just like chalk and cheese. This was mine when she was dry:



This is the only pic I have in milk, sorry

 
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they are slightly longer than ideal, but they will be very easy to milk. Like I said, they arent show udders
 

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Quote:I had another togg doe that I milked last year. Her milk was sweet tasting. It didn't taste strong or bad at all. I was feeding her dairy goat pellets. It was my first experience milking. I sold her because she had horns and was terribly mean to the 2 new girls.

I think a stong taste has to do with either the feed or the surroundings they are in. I think I read that somewhere.
 

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