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Help? Two Goat milking questions...Nigerian Dwarfs

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by chickylou, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. chickylou

    chickylou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are soooo excited. We picked up our two pretty, but VERY SMELLY [​IMG] Nigerian Dwarf milk maids today. I also got my first lesson in milking. I still need a bit of practice, I guess so we won't be drinking any of the milk for the next week or so until I get used to milking and I have all my equipment and questions answered. If you are knowledgeable about any of these, please, I'd appreciate your input.


    1) Stainless Steel: On goat sites, they sell seamless stainless steel milk pails for close to $50 or more. When I went to Wal Mart today, I walked down an aisle that had stainless steel pots in small, medium and large for a LOT less. Is there some secret ingredient that makes the goat site ones more expensive? Can I use a small stainless steel pot with lid? or a bowl?

    I also notice on the bottom of one it said, "Stainless Steel +Aluminum" would this not be acceptable for milking?

    What do you all use for this purpose.

    2) Milk Filters: I noticed they sell these filter pads. I was under the impression that all you need is a stripper cup with mesh wire. How do you use these? Do you milk into a cup and then just pour the milk on the filter pads into a mason jar?

    Can anyone help me understand the process a little better?

    Thanks so much. I'm sorry if I sound ignorant. Those are two pieces I'm not quite getting.[​IMG]
     
  2. ninny

    ninny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    IL side of the QCA
    Nobody knows?
     
  3. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    I milk into Mason jars. Save your money, glass cleans just as well as stainless...but no...you can buy cheaper pails if the thought of shattering glass frightens you.

    I use a metal hand strainer and coffee filters to filter my milk.

    CONGRATS on your new goats!!
     
  4. lynlyr

    lynlyr New Egg

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    my neighbor uses an old coffee filter that sets in a funnel. the filter is the kind you can reuse. it all sets nicely into a mason jar. i am envious. would love to have a milk goat. good luck
     
  5. lynlyr

    lynlyr New Egg

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    sorry after she milks into a pail she filters. sometimes if the goat is rowdy she will hit the pail and send it flying,glass could break
     
  6. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    Quote:Hobbles [​IMG]
     
  7. Broke Down Ranch

    Broke Down Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am SO getting hobbles on the first of the month. As for a milk receptacle, I use a plastic pail that was given to my kids (like the ones they use for making sand castles) and to strain I use old t-shirt material and strain 3 times.....
     
  8. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    I use a stainless steel milk pail. I bought a package from caprinesupply that included a pail, strip cup with a screen, a stainless steel strainer and 200 filters for it, and a can of fight bac spray. It cost me about $75 for that. I like having the pail because it has a handle that makes it easy to hang it on my garden fence while I get everything ready.

    I don't want to use glass jars when I do milking (though I do strain my milk into glass jars for storage), because I do have a kicker. I use hobbles on her, but she still manages to swing a leg enough every once in a while and I'm sure it would send a glass jar flying. The pail is tall enough that my left hand keeps that leg from getting in the pail or sending it flying.

    I like the strainer and filters that came with it as well. I may or may not buy a new pack of filters when I run out. I will have to see what the cost is compared to coffee filters. The strainer fits perfectly into my mason jars for pouring the milk. I don't think I would just use the screen on the strip cup as a strainer since occasionally little pieces of dirt get in the pail and I imagine dirt or a hair could pretty easily get through that screen...yuck!
     
  9. Skyesrocket

    Skyesrocket Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2008
    I'm a one handed milker. What I like using is a mason jar mug. It looks like a canning jar, but has a handle and is used for a beer mug, I guess. I pour the milk off into a larger jar. Then, I strain through a coffee filter into jars.
     

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