We are new to goats and milking. We have been buying goat milk to feed our bum lambs and they have done very well on it so are thinking of getting a milking goat for next season. In the mean time I was given an older doe,Betty, who is 3 or 4 years old. She hasnt had a kid in the two years she was owned by the person I got her from, however she has a large udder and has milk when you squeeze. How is this possible? I had someone tell me that goats dont need to be bred to have milk. This seems very strange to me. Could Betty still have milk from that long ago? I would have thought she would have dried up by now. What is "freshening" and why do you do it?
Dumb questions sorry