Adventures in Goat Milking!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by helmstead, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    Yesterday, we began our goat milking program with Sarah Lee, a Pygmy/ND mixed doe who weaned her doeling, Betty, on Friday. I wasn't planning to milk her when I bought her, but she has a very nice udder with good attachments and decently sized teats. She has, obviously, never been milked and hasn't been the most cooperative subject, but it's getting better. In three milkings, we've gotten 1 1/2 pints from her. It's YUMMY stuff, basically tastes just like cows milk but a tish sweeter. (I'd never had goat's milk before). DH has built my stanchion (he didn't like the holding job, LOL) and that has made the goings much easier.

    Time to go get cheese making supplies! [​IMG]
     
  2. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2007
    Georgia
    Congrats on having your own milk at home. I will have to admit i am kind of envious. I have been putting off getting a milk goat for awhile.
     
  3. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    Helmstead,

    When we have heifers calving one of the things that I find works to help break them is a halter. Just tie their head around so it touches their side-on the side you milk from-and then tie the halter around their hind leg. They then can see what you are doing and I don't know about goats but, cattle kick backwards before they kick frontwards so they jerk themselves first.

    Good luck!
     
  4. gila_dog

    gila_dog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might try giving her some grain while you milk her. My goats will put up with anything while they eat their grain.
     
  5. kritter11

    kritter11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some girls that love being milked, they fight over who gets to go first. Others here will NEVER be milk goats, I don't enjoy being kicked that much. [​IMG]
    Interesting about the halter / cow thing....my girls seem to kick forward or up the most, kicking the bucket over or putting their feet right in it. Grrrrrr.
    Good luck w/ it, Helmstead...it's SO worth the effort!
     
  6. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    OH NO - I can see LOADS of FETA now dancing before my eyes! [​IMG]
     
  7. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    I'm jealous. [​IMG] Not really, sounds like fun really. I was reading today about making butter from goat's milk.

    So nice though to meet people who have them and enjoy them. [​IMG]
     
  8. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    I miss milking so mush I want goats AHHHHHHH mabe if my mom liked goat milk she wouldent be so baised and I wish I lived on a farm. I find milking a good alpine or Toggenburg to be super relaxing and a good way to start your day then go in and have some of yesterdays milk on your cerearal this was my rutine at camp.

    Henry
     
  9. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    I swear I am going to be a goat and chicken farmer when I grow up LOL.

    Henry
     
  10. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    I have a boer i might start ,milking after her first kids.
     

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