We just started milking our Nigi. I've done a lot of reading on milk sanitation, and these are the steps I'm currently taking: - Sterilizing the bucket, funnel/filter holder, and milk jar in dilute bleach water and letting air-dry - Washing her udder with a dilute soap & bleach solution - Washing my hands before milking - Strip cup check for mastitis - Teat dip after milking - Straining the milk through a filter into sterilized jar, then refrigerating (bottom shelf) immediately However, my husband is worried that something on the underside of the goat (not her udder where I wash, but her stomach) will fall into the milk. He knows that I strain it, but he's worried about "things you can't see" contaminating the milk and making it unsafe. Our breeder had showed us this contraption that hooks onto the teat and sucks all the milk out into a bottle -- a closed system that nothing can get into. My husband thinks we should use something like that to guarantee that the milk is clean. I don't want to buy the contraption -- I think lots of people hand milk and it can be safe. (Note: I also don't wish to pasteurize the milk). Can anyone share your experiences of milking? Are you able to handmilk using the protocols above and get safe milk? I do understand that nothing (including milk from the store) is 100% safe, but is it reasonable to expect that handmilking is ok? Is there anything else I should be doing to keep the milk clean? Many thanks.