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How do I learn to milk a goat?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by miss_thenorth, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    A friend has a nubian/boer mix who is ready to kid. i was considering , (and she is willing ) to take a female when it is ready to go. So of course the kid would have to grow up, kid herself, before she is ready to milk. the friend does not milk her nubian. So if I get this goat, I have a while to learn how to milk. so how would I learn? Any thoughts?
     
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    I bet you could find a video or something on line...... sounds like fun and do make lots of feta cheese! YUM
     
  3. mlheran

    mlheran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Try here. In fact, that entire site is a valuable resource for goat info.
    Good luck! [​IMG]
     
  4. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Thank you thank you!! Saved to favourites!!!!!!!
     
  5. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its not hard I promise. I stumbled into dairy goats like alot of people. I had a brush goat that had exceptional udders. She made way too much milk for her one little baby. I had to milk her, or she was in danger of mastitis. I didn't read anything before hand, just dived right in. By her third milking we had it down. In no time I could milk her in minutes.

    We enjoyed the milk so much that we moved onto dairy goats and haven't looked back. Milking goats is the most calming thing I do. It a very peaceful thing. The trick is not to pull. PM me if you have any questions after reading around online. I'll be glad to help.
     
  6. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Gwen I love milking as well espeacialy in the morning it is a good way to start of your day before work or school. I really wish I could have a few goats here but I am leaving for college in two years so I am stuck with just chickens for now. at camp everymorning I got up at 6:00 to milk our alpine doe. I could milk her out in about 10 muinets by the end I was the fastest milker. she was producing about 1/2 a gallon and had a great udder and was pretty coaprative and a good teaching goat. I am sure I will have a pretty big herd of dairy goats when I am an adult I have considered a life of teaching sustainble farming practices or city farming (I am doing it now) I am the head of my schools sustainbility club and I want to live a sustainble life. I am really intrested in the future of goat and sheep dairying because it is much more sustainble then cattle.

    Henry
     
  7. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    I would look for a local dairy owner who can teach you, hands on. I had some experience with horses and cows, so that helped.
     
  8. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Fias Co Farms is a good place for information and some diagrams on milking technique. But there is still no substitute for an experienced person to walk you through it if possible especially if the teats are small. Bad techniques can do damage to the teats.
     
  9. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    I tried this at a friends years ago and it is hilarious!!! Not at all easy unless you know what your doing...and for the goats sake...warm your hands first, lol!!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Thanks all, and Gwen, it will be a while before I get her and she is ready to milk--but thanks for the offer to help. My kids and I are so looking forward to it. i want to be prepared!!!!

    Thanks again!
     

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