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Burundi Goat Rehabilitation Project

Alliance Burundaise pour la Coopération et le Développement &
Austrian Help Program

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General  Husbandry

How to Restrain & Milk a Goat by Hand:  Some Methods used in Africa

How to Keep a Herd Buck from Mounting:  Anti-Mounting Apron

How to Make a Drenching Bottle

  How to Restrain & Milk a Doe by Hand – Some methods used in Africa

Small farmers in most countries do not use special equipment for milking.  Here are two common methods for hand milking, the first relying on a branch of forage tied at head level to keep the doe busy and happy.  In our project we use the method on the left, but instead of hanging fodder one of the herders generally holds two does at a time, by the horns, while 2 other herders attend to the milking, as seen in the photo.  Our does are well-trained to this, and generally line up for their milking in the paddock.

    -Methods of Goat Milking
     P. Semenye & T. Hutchcroft (eds) On-Farm Research & Technology for Dual-Purpose Goats. 
    Winrock International.  1992.

Milking 2 Does & Flat Stanley
Project does of F1 and above are milked once or twice daily in the manner shown here. 

Dieudonné is holding the horns of the 2 does, and Zachary and Tharcisse are doing the milking.  Our goats are milked in the traditional way that is  found in most of the non-industrialized world, using no special stands or equipment.

The little doll with Dieudonné is 'Flat Stanley' –  sent to us by a project supporter in the States to 'help out' in the project.  We then sent the pictures back, to be used in a 4H project exhibition. 

Milking at Ngozi
Milking arrangement at Ngozi, Burundi.  A method for hand-milking when there are large herds; this raised platform will accommodate up to 20 goats at a time.
- INADES, Ubworozi Bw'impene, Bujumbura, Burundi. 1989.




How to keep a Buck from Mounting: Buck Anti-mounting Apron Made of Hide

This is one method used in some parts of Eastern Africa to keep bucks that are going out with a mixed herd from mounting.  It should be used only when the mob is taken out by a herder – and taken off when the buck returns to his house.  The ends at the top should be fastened with a weaker cord that will break away if need be.

Buck Anti-mounting Apron
P. Semenye & T. Hutchcroft (eds) On-Farm Research & Technology for Dual-Purpose Goats. 
Winrock International.  1992.






Drench Bottle
A simple drenching bottle can be made from a pop bottle
- Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock Development, Agricultural Information Centre, Nairobi Kenya.

Rehydration mixes can be given with a drenching bottle made from a pop bottle into which a hard, rubble hose is inserted, as in the above diagram.  Care should be taken that the end being placed in the goat's mouth is well-rounded, that the head is held firmly parallel with the ground, and the drench tip placed at the side of the mouth, in front of the molars, and the tube gently pushed back and over the tongue.


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