Keeping a goat’s udders clean is essential in order to prevent many problems including potential mastitis.
I prefer a homemade teat dip instead of using gentle iodine.
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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.
In The Beginning
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.Print
- 20 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 8 drops tea tree oil
- 5 drops lavender oil
- 1 drop clove bud oil
- 1/4 teaspoon isopropyl alcohol
- 2 ounces distilled water
- I chose a dark colored bottle with a sprayer on it. I put the distilled water and the alchohol in the bottle first.
- Then I added the essential oils, one at a time, starting with the grapefuit essential oil and working my way down to the clove bud essential oil.
- Once all of the ingredients were in the bottle, I put the sprayer nozzle on, tightened it down and shook it.
- To use it, shake well, spray each teat several times to make sure the openings are coated. That’s all there is to it.
Note: Keep the homemade teat spray in a cool, dark, dry place.
Do you have questions? I invite you to leave your comments below.
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