Yep, the freezers are emptying quickly.
The photo above shows the two top shelves of the commercial freezer in my shop. We also have a freezer in our laundry room, one in the barn, and one 1/2 full at a friend’s house. All are empty except for the freezer at the friend’s house.
One small goat kid can consume 4-20 ounces bottles of milk a day. Multiply 80 ounces a day by 10 kids (give or take) and the freezer doesn’t stay full long!
Remember the goat milk transportation going on a year or so ago (here)? There will be no need for it this season.
Cleaning the freezers will now be a breeze…that is a plus!
Milk replacer is now being introduced at a ration of 1/2 milk replacer/water, 1/2 milk.
And there is still enough fresh milk for soap and lotion, barely.
The kids are certainly a lot of fun. They are a lot of work. And I do enjoy them while they are little. They do not stay that way long. They are a blessing.
You might ask, why bottle kids? Sometimes unplanned things happen. I had a lot of triplets this year, for starters, the third in a set just do not get fed well, and sometimes the third is a weaker kid. Other factors were involved as well. Just call me the Goat Milk Bottle Queen. It seems to be my job each spring.
Have a beautiful day!