Milking Instructions

Milking Instructions

Equipment:

  • (1) pint of water with 1/2 tsp bleach and a drop of dish soap (blue Dawn preferred)
  • (2) rags
  • reusable coffee filter
  • funnel
  • strip cup
  • quart jar(s)
  • stainless steel milking pot
  1. Weigh your milking pot and either set the tare on the scale (set it to 0 with the pot hanging from it) or remember how much the pot weighs.
  2. Put about a half-cup of grain in the green feeder and have another cup ready at-hand. Put the rock in the feeder to make it more difficult for the goat to eat quickly.  (In the morning, add 1/2 Tbsp of minerals and 1 scoop of probiotics.)
  3. Lead a goat to the milk stand – start with Cookie first and then milk Marshmallow second.  Secure her head so she can start eating the grain.  For Marshmallow, you can tie up her front leg (bent at the knee) so she can’t kick as much…
  4. Wet a rag in the bleach water and wipe down the teats. Use the second rag to dry the teats.
  5. Squeeze two squirts of milk from each teat into the strip cup.  Inspect the milk to make sure it looks good – no discoloration or blood (signs of disease).  After milking you can feed the strip cup milk to the chickens.
  6. Milk the goat completely – bump the underside of her udder occasionally to mimic the head-bumps of the kids. Remember that she may try to hold some back for her kids so you may get a second let-down if you’re persistent. Add up to another cup and a half of grain (2 cups max) if she finishes and starts to get antsy. (Try to feed her before she gets kicky, otherwise you’re training her that she gets food if she kicks…)
  7. Dip each teat in the bleach water and allow to air dry.
  8. Set the bucket aside and lead the goat back into the barn.
  9. Weigh the bucket and log the weight of the milk on the log sheet in the milk house (remember to subtract the weight of the pot if you didn’t set the scale to 0).
  10. Bring the milk into the milkhouse and filter it into quart jars. Check the fridge to see if there is a partial quart available – if there is, top that one off before starting a new quart.
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