A Splash of Goat's Milk

| 5/5/2014 3:47:00 PM

Erin BaldwinSo, this little line from my last post …

We understand that this option isn’t the best for maximum milk production, but since we will probably get around a gallon a day from a single morning milking of our four does, we should have more then we need to drink with a little leftover for making cheese, yogurt and soap.

… I need to add a little footnote to it. *If I can get any milk from them.

I have been trying my best to rise around 6 o’clock to start my morning milking routine. The whole getting up part is going pretty smoothly. My little 6-month-old alarm clock is up and at it by then, so that part works out quite nicely.

Then the chaos ensues. The goats are just learning the routine, which I would like to go something like this: One goat at a time calmly walks to the milk stand, hops up into the stanchion to leisurely munch on grain while I skillfully milk. Just the sweet smell of dew, cool morning air, chirping birds and satisfying ting, ting, ting of delicious, raw goat milk hitting the side of my milking pail. 

Here’s how it’s been going …

5/9/2014 12:48:51 PM

We have a 2x4 on each side of the stanchion close to where the goats hind legs stand. Then if you have a bit of help ( I have my son or hubby help me) Just hoist a hind leg up and have someone hold it gently up against the 2x4 on the side your milking. Thus a 3 legged goat! We do this when starting a new goat out milking and we have had great success. the goat has to stand on 3 legs and she may fight a bit to try to pull the leg out of the grasp of the holder but it keeps her from kicking and I get more milk in my bucket! Also I like a bigger bucket too, I can rest my arms on it while I'm milking and if the goat does kick or step they will be less likely to get the foot in the bucket! Hang in there the routine will come and good milking days are ahead!

5/8/2014 4:38:31 PM

I feel your pain. We just goats last weekend and I've had a similar experience.

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