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Goat kidded on Sat. morning. (not my goat, just given to me on Sunday) they couldn't find where she had the kids so called me. They brought her to me Sun. night where I milked out 2 qts. of colostrum! Since then, no milk. I get a 1/4 cup if I really try. No fever, no signs of mastitis, no congested udder. Vet said try 1/2 cc oxy. I did this and still no milk. She had a beautiful udder. Never had anything like this happen. Any suggestions? Been raising milk goats 10 yrs. Never seen a goat literally dry off in 24 hours. Can you advise? Thank you so much for your time, Cherivld60

HI Cheri:

So this is a new goat with unknown origin? Where are the kids? I DO hope you have her quarantined from your herd and milking  room..
The best answer I have to offer  (And this may be off you will have to have her tested)  is Mycoplasmas, which can cause contagious agalactia.
The other thing I can think of is lack of water - sometimes when a new goat comes it is not used to the water.. and does not drink  but this severe a drop in milk production with your observation of not being mastitis or congested udder - my only other offering is contagious agalactia.  She needs to be seen by a vet to rule this out..  as it may affect your herd.. I wish I could be more help..  this is not something I am personally familiar with and I  too would be very confused  on how quick this has happened.. has her feed changed?

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