Keeping a goat’s udder and teats clean is essential in order to prevent many problems including potential mastitis.
I prefer a homemade teat dip instead of using gentle iodine.
Why A Teat Spray Is Necessary
When goats are being milked – either by you, a machine or their kids, it make it easy for bacteria can enter through the orifice.
The reason for this is, when you milk a goat, the sphincter muscle relaxes so the milk can come out through the orifice.
It takes approximately 30 minutes after the goat is done being milked for this to close.
During this time, the goats teats are suspectiable to infection.
Using a goat teat spray does help with this.
How Do You Clean Goats Teats?
When I first started milking, I used gentle iodine on the tips of my goats teats after I was done milking.
This is what the person I bought my goats from said to do – and I did not know any different.
Before I sprayed the gentle iodine, I would wash their teats and udders with either a warm, soapy water and a washrag or one of those disposable body wash towelettes that you can find in the elder care section of stores.
Then I would massage the teats with the udder balm, strip the last of the milk out, re-wash the tips of the teats and then spray them with the gentle iodine.
My goats have never liked me using the gentle iodine – and I’ve always wanted something more natual, so I began to search for a better solution.
Here is what I came up with – and so far, the goats don’t mind me spraying their teats with it.
It has worked well for me.
- Choose a dark colored bottle with a sprayer on it.
- Put the distilled waterand the alchohol in the bottle first.
- Add the essential oils, one at a time, starting with the grapefuit essential oil and working your way down to the clove bud essential oil.
- Once all of the ingredients are in the bottle, put the sprayer nozzle on, tighten it down and shake it.
- To use it, shake well, spray each teat several times to make sure the openings are coated.
- Store the homemade teat spray in a cool, dark, dry place.
Sheri Ann Richerson is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.
NOW Essential Oils, Grapefruit Oil, 1-Ounce
Tea Tree Essential Oil
NOW Essential Oils, Lavender Oil, 1 Fl. Oz (Pack of 1)
Now Foods Essential Oil, Clove, 4 Ounce (1 Glass Dropper Included)
Swan Isopropyl Alcohol, 99 Percent, Pint, 16 Oz
NESTLE - Distilled Water, 1gal, 6/carton ( NLE100604 ) ( 100604 )
Glass Spray Bottles, 2 Oz Amber Boston Round with Fine Mist Sprayer - Pack of 4
Do you have questions? I invite you to leave your comments below.
Goat Homemade Teat Dip Recipe
This homemade teat dip for goats is easy to make. This particular teat dip solution contains essential oils and simple ingredients plus it does the job!
Mastitis Udder Balm Essential Oil Salve Recipe
It is essential to take care of your goats teats. I wanted something natural so I came up with this homemade balm essential oil salve recipe using comfrey.
Goat Hoof Trimming Guide
This goat hoof trimming guide takes you step by step through the goat hoof trimming process. You will gain an understanding of what to put in your goat hoof trimming kit and how to use the goat hoof trimming stand plus how to train your goats to cooperate when using goat hoof trimmers.
How To Care For Goats
Learn tips on how to care for goats ideal for beginners as well as experienced goat owners. Plus get tips on handling goat milk, meat and more!
Goat Milk Soap Recipes
Are you looking for goat milk soap recipes? Look no further! Here you find a goat milk soap recipe for liquid soap, bar soap and even laundry soap.
Goat Milk Laundry Soap Recipe
Make your own laundry detergent using this goat milk laundry soap recipe. It is super easy and only requires three basic ingredients. Scent is optional.
Freezing Goats Meat
Freezing goats meat is as easy as freezing any other type of meat. If you raise goats or have a goat meat store close by this is an easy way to stock up.
Goat Milk Butter Recipe
Learn how to make butter from goats milk using a kitchen blender! This goat milk butter recipe only takes a few minutes to make!
How To Start Freezing Goat Milk
Freezing goat milk is the best way to preserve it. Learn how long frozen goat milk lasts in the freezer, how long it lasts in the refrigerator and more!
How To Pasteurize Goat Milk At Home
It's easy to learn how to pasteurize goat milk at home regardless of the actual method you choose to use to accomplish the task.
How Long Does Pasteurized Goat Milk Last
Have you ever wondered how long does pasteurized goat milk last? Find out the the answers for both refrigeratored and frozen goat milk!
How To Make Cajeta Goat Milk Caramel
Learn how easy it is to make cajeta goat milk caramel from fresh goat milk. Plus learn how to preserve it for winter use by canning it.