How many does are you hand milking right now?

Discussion in 'Dairy Diaries' started by JessaLynn, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. JessaLynn

    JessaLynn New Member

    Aug 29, 2009
    NW Ohio
    We are soon to have 5 in milk which is 3 more then last year for me :coffee2: How many of you hand milk your goats and how long does it take you? What do you do with all your milk? I'm thinking I need another fridge just to hold it all since our 2 freezers will be packed full of meat next week (Got a steer and 2 goats being butchered) I currently make soap,fudge and soon to be cheese and we have 6 in our family who drink it and I also cook with it of course. I may sell for "pet consumption" whatever I can't use to.
  2. TheMixedBag

    TheMixedBag The Hoofcare and Repro specialist

    Oct 16, 2010
    Glencoe, OK
    I'll start milking my nubian tomorrow, but on the 11th, she leaves for her new home, and then I won't be milking anything again for another month/month and a half, but then I get another nubian doe (FF), so I'll have 2 milking this year. last year when I was milking, it took me about a half an hour for a FF saanen producing about 2, 2 1/2 quarts per day.

    Fortunately for me, Oklahoma says I can sell 100 gallons of milk per month from my house raw, so long as I don't sell off my property.

  3. alex43567

    alex43567 New Member

    Feb 26, 2011
    I am milking 7 does twice a day, plus one once a day (she's feeding a buck kid). Although, I am going to cut 2 back to once a day. To take milk out to feed the kids( I have 2 sets, divided by size, that I feed with one milk-bar feeder-one group than the other), then to walk to the other barn and milk my does it takes me just over an hour. Each of the does gives about 2 quarts/milking. Currently, the kids drink all the milk. And I am going to start drying up a few does b/c I will be starting to wean my Jan kids in a few weeks.
    Be VERY careful selling milk in Ohio--even for pet consumption. I few I know that do it, "lease" a doe/% of a doe for a monthly fee plus a set amount per gallon (considered a milk share, I believe). I believe the one family actually consulted with an attorney to make sure they are following the law.
  4. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    I currently have 3 does with kids on them...I milk each once a day at this point, I don;t strip them out, just take what they give up freely.
    With my work schedule when I do start milking each 2x a day at 4 am and 4pm it takes me just 15-20 minutes to feed, fill hay racks for all goats and then milk the 3....I have Nigi's so with varied milk amounts, I end up with quite alot to use daily as well as soap, cheese, yogurt etc....and I "trade" extra milk to a neighbor for eggs
  5. JessaLynn

    JessaLynn New Member

    Aug 29, 2009
    NW Ohio
    That's what I've considered doing cus some people I know do just that.I've consulted with someone aswell and was told to do the herdshares just don't advertise it.So word of mouth :wink: So far it's still legal in Ohio to do a herdshare but some are trying to make even that illegal :veryangry:

    I figured it's going to take me about 45 minutes to an hour to milk all 5.I have a ff so I guess I'll see how that goes.For the most part she is easy going and lets me handle her with no problems.I'll be milking 2x a day 8am and 8pm.I have 2 milk buckets so looks like I may need a few more or a very large one :wink: Also need more 2qt size mason jars.Reading up on my cheese making and wish I knew someone local who could show me how it's done.I like hands on learning instead
  6. Coyote Night Acres

    Coyote Night Acres New Member

    Dec 26, 2010
    We are currently only milking 2 right at the moment, but I have 2 others that the kids are taking everything they have and once they are done with the kids I'll pick up milking them. All of the 4 that have kidded so far have at least 1 kid on them, but one doe has twins that are taking most all of her milk and the other one has a huge buck kid that well... he didn't get that big by skimping on grub. The doe's with a single doeling on them are giving me my milk right now. Takes us about 10 - 15 minutes, but we let the doe's stay up on the stand and eat untill they are full or have eaten all of their ration so milking probably only takes 3-5 minutes per doe for us. April will be when the rest of our doe's kid and if they have doe's we will let them keep them and either milk also (if they have an abundance) or just let the kids take care of it.

    Now we are going to be making soap. I'm in research fase :)
    If soap works out for us and sales are good we will be milking all 9 of our doe's this year. Once the kids are weened is when the real work begins.
  7. ohiogoatgirl

    ohiogoatgirl New Member

    Jan 31, 2010
    in may i will be milking two by hand. and i want to buy an in-milk doe.
    when my parents had a small dairy goat herd we milked 6 does twice a day.
    just the milking the goats time... about 45-50 minutes my dad said.
    good luck!
  8. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    I'm milking one right now, by hand. At most I'd only want three in milk. otherwise my hands would be killin' me!!
  9. K-Ro

    K-Ro New Member

    Oct 13, 2007
    currently milking 4 twice a day by hand. with milking all 4 and feeding them, the pygmies, the donkeys and the dogs, it takes between 30 - 45 minutes for all of it. My one doe that gives almost a gallon per milking takes me approx 10 min to milk just herself.

    Have two more due in the next few weeks.
    we drink it, make soaps, bottle feed a kid, feed excess to animals, i freeze some for future soap making, will start trying my hand at hard cheeses next week too.
  10. peggy

    peggy Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2010
    B.C. Canada
    I have one that I am milking once a day. She has a doe kid on her and she gets the rest. I didn't get my other girls bred to freshen this year.
  11. Paige

    Paige Senior Member

    Oct 14, 2010
    Three milking twice a day. Two more soon.