Goat easy to milk... until she’s not!

Discussion in 'Dairy Diaries' started by Mamatoes, Jul 24, 2020.

  1. Mamatoes

    Mamatoes Member

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    Apr 29, 2020
    Muskoka
    Hey so when I first started milking it was horrible she hated it. She’s now pretty great.... until she’s done. So she’s tied now with home made hobbles. But when she’s done she like does a dance and makes it nearly impossible or I’m afraid she’ll hurt herself. I KNOW she has more in there (she’s still Got her kids cuz I’m soft, theyre 10 weeks and on her all day) her udder is veryyyyyyy squishy at night when I try to teach my son but when she’s “done” with me it’s still pretty full (also these goats really do have a lot of milk for being so tiny!) so my question... HOW DO I GET ALL THE MILK?! Lol sorry just frustrated because I know she’s got it and I just can’t get it lol.
     

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  2. Totesmgoats

    Totesmgoats Member

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    Jun 12, 2020
    Longview, WA
    I have a doe like this too, and I am by far an expert, but when she starts fighting I usually stop going for her udder for a minute and just pet her, stir her food with my hand, and talk to her a bit. Once she's calm I let her be calm for a minute and then I go back to it. Usually that'll give me another five minutes before she decides she's done again. I've found doing this for the last few weeks she's getting calmer and not fighting as much (although that last bit is still something of a struggle haha)
     

  3. Mamatoes

    Mamatoes Member

    64
    Apr 29, 2020
    Muskoka
    Ya I’ll have to try getting creative. I think she’s just trying to save it for the kids. Not sure why she lets them milk anymore anyways. They’re so rude!!!!! They like topple her over! Three is a crowd! I’d be so mad if I was a mom goat
     
  4. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    I have one what will step away real quick and not want me to finish..I standup and massage her udder well and she lets me finish. I think she developed the habit when my daughter was milking her. Slowly she is getting better.
     
  5. Mamatoes

    Mamatoes Member

    64
    Apr 29, 2020
    Muskoka
    Ok good idea. I gotta try something. I never get all the milk out and I’m gonna lose her supply!
     
  6. Nigerian dwarf goat

    Nigerian dwarf goat Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2017
    Texas
    When shes "done" is that when she runs out of grain? If so put some more grain in there and keep going! Sometimes you just don't let go of ger udder and she will figure out that your not going to stop until YOU are done
     
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  7. Mamatoes

    Mamatoes Member

    64
    Apr 29, 2020
    Muskoka
    no, she still had grain! But she’s done lol. I have read you just need to let them know who’s boss and they’ll get it but man I hate seeing her upset
     
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  8. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    Mine was like that for quite a while in the beginning. I did what you did, talked to her, stirred the food, brushed her a bit. She always came around. Now she is addicted to grain and I have to mix it in some hay so it takes her long enough to eat. That way I am done before her. I joke that we both try to “empty it” as fast as we can.
    Hopefully yours will come around too! :)
     
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  9. Mamatoes

    Mamatoes Member

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    Apr 29, 2020
    Muskoka
    Thanks! Great idea! I’ve added kelp and she doesn’t love it but it slows her down. But she still puts a big fuss up!
     
  10. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    When you are milking, milk into a small bucket then every few min. pour the milk into a clean container, that way, if she steps in the milk bucket when she is fooling around, you only lose a small amount of milk.
     
  11. Mamatoes

    Mamatoes Member

    64
    Apr 29, 2020
    Muskoka
    great idea!
     
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  12. Mamatoes

    Mamatoes Member

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    Apr 29, 2020
    Muskoka
    YOU GUYS! this morning went GREAT! pretty sure she was so close to being empty too! It felt so much more squishy! I went from getting half the mini mason jars (250ml?) to half the big one! (500ml?) so I doubled my yield!

    is this a good/normal amount? It did take a lot longer! I don’t know how you guys do multiple goats. I had this dream of having like 3-5 goats but now that I see how long it takes I may just keep mama and daughter from now on and sell the kiddies. My hands hurt!

    anyways thanks so much all!
     
  13. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    That’s great!!!
    Your hands will get stronger! You will get faster. You will look back and say, it used to take me a LOT longer to milk!
     
  14. Mamatoes

    Mamatoes Member

    64
    Apr 29, 2020
    Muskoka
    I hope so!!
     
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  15. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    You and the goat will work out a system. It will go faster and smoother over time. (But beware! As soon as you get complacent, she will put her foot in the milk bucket. Just to keep you on your toes!) :heehee:
     
  16. Mamatoes

    Mamatoes Member

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    Apr 29, 2020
    Muskoka
    Lol thanks!! I can’t wait till I can milk twice a day! I gotta find some teat tape!
     
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  17. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    That is what I do. ;)
     
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  18. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    I didn’t know you milk!?!
     
  19. Goataddict

    Goataddict Well-Known Member

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    Jun 8, 2020
    Abuja, Nigeria
    Neither did I. Do you have diary breeds or do you milk your Boers.
     
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  20. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    LOL, yes, it is when I am drying off the does/boers, I do milk them. ;)
    Don't want them getting mastitis.

    Have a doe who steps in the bucket full of milk, spills it all over, made me so mad. So I do dump it in another bucket as I am milking her, so she doesn't spill as much, if she steps in the bucket. ;)