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susanrich93

  • Joined Apr 2014
Maiden milker advise
« on: May 06, 2019, 10:54:36 pm »
I am after some advice,  our girls are 18 mths old and one seems to have developed a udder. They are from high yealding milk lines, we did want to put them in kid some time so we had could milk them. However now looks like one is a maiden milker,  this is a bonus. I need advice as to weather i can start milking her. We dont need large amounts of milk but enough to make cheese would be great.
My questions are, can i milk her?
What equipment do i need?
Any other advice would be great.
Thanks in advance.
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Scarlet.Dragon

  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Maiden milker advise
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2019, 07:32:22 am »
Yes you can milk, and she should respond to the milking by increasing her production but be sure to balance her nutrition in with the milk you're taking off and don't over milk too soon or you could get milk fever.

I'll leave it to one of the milkers to give you "proper" advice on equipment etc.  Mine aren't milking goats although I have occasionally taken milk off when they produced more than their kids needed... As I don't have milking goats, I don't have "equipment". 

I tethered mine using a halter and lead rope to keep them still (if they fidgeted a lot I used a loop on the lead rope and tied up a back leg at the hock to hold them still against the wall).  I used an old yoghurt pot that had been thoroughly cleaned as a receptacle for the milk and milked into that by hand transferring it periodically to another container in case I dropped it or it got knocked out of my hand.  You'll also want wipes to clean the udder (or clean cloths to wash and dry her before you start) and you may want udder cream to put on afterwards to soothe her.  Some feed also helps to keep them happy whilst you're working.
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susanrich93

  • Joined Apr 2014
Re: Maiden milker advise
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2019, 11:35:22 am »
Thank you this is helpful,

Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Maiden milker advise
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2019, 08:31:46 pm »
I always milked into a stainless steel bucket but a plastic one will do so long as it can be thoroughly cleaned; wipes or cloths (butter muslin works well) as SD has said; either purpose made filters or, as I did, a piece of butter muslin laid over a plastic sieve for straining any hairs or bits of straw, etc; containers to store the milk in. As my OH won't drink goats' milk, we had plastic milk bottles which I soaked by filling them with very hot water and a squirt of washing up liquid,( added afterwards or you end up with a bottle of foam) and left overnight. I found I could use the same bottle over and over again. A lot of equipment can be obtained from https://gnltd.co.uk/ and other places.


I chose not to pasteurise because (a) it destroys a lot of good bacteria as well as bad (b) if you are careful with cleaning the equipment you won't have problems anyway (c) it tastes better raw (d) it's a lot of faff that I didn't 'need' to do.


Of course, if you decide to start making cheese, you will need other equipment as well.

 

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