The best thing about goats as livestock animals is that they are highly productive when it comes to producing milk, fiber, and meat. But how about home goat pets that aren’t raised and grown for milking purposes? To be more specific with the breed, do you have to milk Nigerian dwarf goats? That would be a great example as Nigerian dwarf goats are one of the smallest milk breeds ideal for home-pet. The same with Pygmy goats that are considered to be the smallest among meat breeds.
The implication above does not mean that Pygmy goats do not produce milk. They actually can but in very small amounts. The Nigerian dwarf goat being a pet at home, with the lack of space and nourishment used in farming and livestock, can actually still produce a sufficient amount of milk. The concern of pet goat owners would be if it is necessary for them to milk the goat even if they wouldn’t have any use for the milk.
Regardless of what the breed is used for in farming or livestock, the bottom line is that all goats produce milk that leads to the same question or concern. Fortunately for meat or fiber breeds, the implication of how much milk they can produce will require less human effort compared to milk breeds that are raised and grown for home pets. On the bright side, goat pets also do not require much when it comes to space, enhanced or boosted nourishment, partners and more. There would be no need for the animal for any enhancement because you are not at all, trying to make the pet productive in producing milk, meat or fiber.
Do You Have to Milk Nigerian Dwarf Goats?
Sadly, for pet goat owners, you really have to milk Nigerian dwarf goats and other types of goat breeds at home. It’s the same for farmers who raise meat breeds. The same with other livestock animals that produce milk, they need to be milked. Failing to do so will cause hardening of milk and swelling which could result in some pain. Further, that, if the milk still continues to be stagnant inside the udder, it will cause Mastitis.
Mastisis is an inflammation of the mammary glands of mammals inside the udder or the breast. That is usually due to infection. Considering that the milk produced has been long stagnant inside the udder, bacterial growth is inevitable and will eventually cause bacteria or irritation that could lead to Mastitis. Moreover, this will cause more agonizing pain for your goat. The milk breed of goats produces a lot of milk, dealing a lot of pain.
Below is a short video of how to milk a goat:
It sounds quite a hustle and effort-some but a milk breed goat raised as a pet does not have boosted or enhanced nourishment, making it produce less amount of milk than an average farm or livestock milk breed goat. Therefore, milking your pet goat is not really a bothersome task. To think of a brighter side, it’s free and nutritious milk that is greatly viable for home use or consumption. It is a fun experience where both parties, pet owner and pet goat, could benefit from the process.
It really does not matter what breed or what is the reason that your raise and grow a goat. Most of the goat breeds produce milk. Some are just categorized as milk breeds due to the amount of milk it produces as well as the butterfat content if the milk produced. The butterfat is responsible for the creamy texture. The creamy milk produced from goats is often used for yogurt, cheese, soaps, cosmetics and more.