Friday, December 28, 2012
But in spirit of the common interest, I will share what we do with our milking doe, it has worked for us, and hopefully it can help others who are just starting out. Please do your own research before milking and determine your own routine, sanitary precautions and comfort level for your family and animals.
Our Kidding Story.
Esther now for about 6 months and enjoy her milk and the cream, butter, cheese and soap that can be made from it.
We are in the process of drying Esther off in preparation for her to have her new babies in March, so I tried to get some photos of the process before she dries up. I have a stock pile of milk in the freezer to get us through until we start milking again. (But at the rate we drink it, we will probably run out...sigh.) Oh well, "a time for every season."
Our milking supplies include:
Baby Formula Castille soap and warm water
or disposable Sanitary Hand Wipes
milk pail with lid (I like the lid to keep the milk as clean as possible in transport from the barn to the house)
I keep our supplies in the house mostly for temperature reasons. I keep the milk pail in the freezer so that the warm milk starts cooling as soon as we milk her. The goal in milking is to bring the milk's temp down as as fast as you can to prevent a goat-y flavor caused from bacteria. I also keep the wipes and Iodine in the house so it's fairly warm when we use it on our girl. I don't want to freeze poor Esther.
I take the supplies out to the barn and set them on the table next to the stanchion.
Fias Co Farm. If you decide to make this stanchion, please send a contribution to the site. They have a wonderful collection of free information and the donation is well worth it!
We wash her udder and teats thoroughly, and then our hands. This is very important.
We know when Esther is done when her teats lay flat and limp and no more milk will squeeze out.
We release Esther from her stand and bring her back to the other goats. Then we immediately bring the milk in the house.
Check back soon for future posts on handling the milk after milking.
Prepping your supplies for the next milking.
Milking technique, hand to udder and getting the milk out.