Milking the Goats: A Photo Essay on Dairy Goat Care at Milking Time
My Dear Fellow Goat Lovers
I've taken you into the kitchen and shown you how to make cheeses.
I've shared with you my love of all things goat, and especially stories of my herd matriarch, Morgana.
It's time to show you a bit more of the goat world, and bring you into the milk room. This is a photo essay showing how my father, "Mr. James", goes about his twice-daily milkings with his goat herd.
Each of his goats, whether nice or naughty, sweet or sour, is like a pet to him, and many of them respond in kind. It is difficult for him to get away for any kind of vacation, as his goats prefer his company over anyone else's, and go on strike, even refusing to come into the milk room, if anyone else tries to care for them.
With that in mind, here's the tour.
The Waiting Room
The Milking Process
Hugs, Kisses, and Tricks
Feeding the Babies
The Matriarch Herself
Processing the Milk
Milking Times--How Long Does It Take to Milk a Goat?
That's it. At the time these pictures were taken in the fall of 2009, Mr. James had several does milking. The whole process could take well over an hour.
On average, each doe takes about five minutes to actually milk out with a machine. Hand milking can take longer--say, 7 to 15 minutes per doe, depending on udder conformation and the personality of the goat: how skittish is she?
Having goats has turned into a labor of love for Mr. James . . . as it does for many goat owners. Goats are a bit like dogs in their personalities, and usually like the humans in their lives very much.
You get more than milk from a dairy goat . . . you get love and laughs, too.
A Peek at Various Popular Goat Breeds from Around the World. Which One Do You Like?
Do you enjoy raising and milking your own milk goats? Leave a comment below and let me know what you love about them.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2010 Joilene Rasmussen