Our two does, Molly and Flake are now producing goat milk.
This year is their second freshening with a lively group of kids.
We attempted to milk on the first freshening last year without much success. It is a learned technique which needs patience and practice along with a little better setup.
This is our milk stand. Nothing elaborate but a comfortable place to be every morning at 7am. The girls are fed their grain while we set things up. A flake of hay is positioned on the outside of the stand for the girls to chew on while we commence with milking.
We began to milk a few day after freshening which gave the kids time to collect their colostrum providing them with the nutrients they need for a good start.
Each day was a training day. Training the girls to get onto the stand, training as to the morning routine. We did not separate them from their kids just yet, so the amount of milk collected was small.
The third week the kids are now separated at night. The morning routine involves giving everyone some grain and setting out the flakes of hay. With the kids being separated and beginning to eat some hay and grain the girls are secured on the stand and we initially collected 1 cup of milk in the morning. We do not milk in the evening rather we give out more hay and the girls each receive another helping of grain. This added grain in the evening we found helps to keep up the milk production. We have been following this routine for one month and as of today we have increased our production to 3 1/2 cups in the morning milking.
We enjoy the freshness of the milk we collect. We no longer have to do the “sniff test” which we use to do with purchased milk to see if it was sour or not. We enjoy the natural fortification of our milk which our goats receive in their diet. We also enjoy the many health benefits of this delicious milk.
We hope this brief posting about goats and milking will help demystify and enlighten.
Molly is our best milker.
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