A reader asked us an important question
Here it is.
(Q) Do the goats need to be made pregnant or if they are milked when they naturally become pregnant? The cow dairy industry is just so sad, it would be nice to be able to recommend other types of milk to people that doesn’t exploit the animals xx
(A) There are goats that come into milk by themselves, but mostly we wait for them to call out for a male goat and take them for a visit. We also milk those that come into milk by themselves!
Normally when they reach 18 months to two years we wait for them to come into season a couple of times, and they go off and frolic with a male goat. We don’t use artificial insemination.
So we have two type of milkers, “maiden milkers” and “married milkers”. If the goat is not up to it they stay away from the men for a couple of years, then when they are stronger we put them out when they call for it, which is something you really can’t help but notice!