milking ND, hand or machine?

Discussion in 'Dairy Diaries' started by redfarmhousegal, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. redfarmhousegal

    redfarmhousegal New Member

    2
    Feb 4, 2013
    How does everyone milk their Nigerian Dwarfs? Would it be worth it to have a milking machine? What kind? Or do you prefer to hand milk?
    We would like to have 4-6 ND and alternate spring/fall kids for year round milk. Do you think that is possible?
    thanks!
     
  2. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    My hands can't take milking more than 3 goats so I hand milk for up to 3 goats and then bring out my milking machine if it over 3 goats. I have a DP120 from Perry's Milkers. It is overkill but originally I was milking more goats. Now I only have 6 goats.
     

  3. Di

    Di Crazy Goat Lady

    Jan 29, 2008
    central PA
    I can not milk a goat anymore...by hand. So, I purchased the Udderly EZ milker. It works fine on the mini goats. And, even better on the larger Alpine. Worth every penny, and the goat doesn't hate it. I was going to buy a "machine" but, this is much easier to clean and move around, I'm sure.
     
  4. kristinatucker

    kristinatucker New Member

    757
    Jan 3, 2012
    We just started using a milking machine this year on our ND. They at this point are all first freshners so they wont have as much milk as say a 3rd freshning. I found that it was too much hassle for how quickly it milked them out and I was getting nervous that it was too rough on them. We also use the udderly EZ hand pump and really like that but it does leave a few ounces behind so we use that first then hand milk till all empty. We do still use the pump sometimes but I find it easier to just do by hand. Now we have a nubian that just had babies and we will be starting to milk her next week and we plan to machine milk her I believe and then we have another ND due in a month who has had several sets of kids so should have more milk. We are still playing around with it at this point.
     
  5. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    I milk by hand and only freshen as many as I can use the milk from... usually 3.