planning on milking my first goat tomorrow morning..

Discussion in 'Dairy Diaries' started by KLSpoultry, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. KLSpoultry

    KLSpoultry New Member

    Dec 14, 2008
    Omaha, NE
    any advice??

    i'm pretty sure she's never been milked before and i've never done it before either.

    she kidded 17 days ago and i seperated the kids after doing evening chores.

    what should i be doing?
  2. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    relax, remember that u both are beginners

  3. capriola-nd

    capriola-nd New Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Northwest Oregon
    I would take a warm to hot rag out and wash the udder and teats carefully before milking. Have fun! Hopefully she is a good girl for you! :)
  4. liz

    liz Active Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    I really hope you have a milk, it will definately make things easier for you and your girl.

    Relax and let her know that regardless of how much she dances you will continue to milk her, it will take you a while the first time...and I will suggest milking one handed, hold your container with the other hand and dump into the pail, as she may try to kick at you and this will prevent all the milk from being spilled at least until she learns to stand till. You may be lucky though and have a girl that wants to be milked.

    Good Luck! Can't wait to hear how it goes.
  5. Epona142

    Epona142 The farm that Hope began

    May 25, 2008
    Madisonville, TX
    Don't pull on her teats!

    I learned very quickly that nothing ticked off my doe more. :oops:

    Just remember not to give up or get frustrated and keep at it no matter how much she fusses. I started with a WILD doe and no stand and somehow managed, so I'm sure you can too. :)
  6. heavenlyhaven

    heavenlyhaven Senior Member

    Apr 16, 2008
    Belmont, NY
    take 3 buckets with you
    1 with warm soapy (antibacterial soap) water and a wash cloth
    1 empty
    1 with grain in it
    tie her up and put the grain in front of her
    wring your wash cloth out and wash her udder
    no matter how much she dances don't stop until you feel that the udder is clean enough
    then milk with one hand
    use the other hand to hold the bucket so she doesnt kick it over or step in it
    if i remember correctly nebraska is cold right now so just milk away and take it in the house and filter in and stick it in the fridge
    in the warmer months you really need to get the milk cold as quickly as possible
    i have a glass container that i put inside a bucket with ice and water and i place a wire mesh filter in the top of the glass
    then i milk into the bucket and pour thru the filter into the jar then the jar goes in the fridge
    like others have said
    you are both beginners and it will be a learning experience for both of you
    you will get frustrated but don't quit
    as you become more comfortable and confident the goat will be more calm
    i know a lady that if she even thinks about touching her does udder the doe kicks and jumps and runs away
    i can walk in a milk her freestanding and she doesn't give me gruff because she knows that i know what i am doing
  7. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    So how did it go for ya this morning???
  8. Epona142

    Epona142 The farm that Hope began

    May 25, 2008
    Madisonville, TX
    Yes, please tell us how it went. :)
  9. KLSpoultry

    KLSpoultry New Member

    Dec 14, 2008
    Omaha, NE
    well, i went out in the morning and found my pen i made for the babies wasn't strong enough :oops: there were the babies in with momma. so, i redid my pen and put the babies back in!

    i left the babies out for about 8 hours, then went out with help (BF) to milk my first goat!

    it was a rodeo at first, she was NOT happy about being haltered and tied up and even more upset about me touching her udder. i cleaned it well with warm washcloth and then attempted to milk her. i wasn't very good or accurate at first, but by the end i was milking like a pro. i found i'm better with my right hand and better at milking the teat furthest away, is that normal?

    as i tried to let BF try, she jumped and knocked half the milk out!! :angry: oh well, pretty good for a first try. i'll let you know how it goes again tonight...

    ALSO: how long do you all usually leave mamas and babies apart before milking?
  10. Di

    Di Crazy Goat Lady

    Jan 29, 2008
    central PA
    LOL sounds like my first attempt! Milk all over the place. At least you got half. Good luck in your future attempts.
  11. heavenlyhaven

    heavenlyhaven Senior Member

    Apr 16, 2008
    Belmont, NY
    i prefer to leave babies with momma's overnight
    protection/security thing
    and separate during the day for about 8 hours then milk
    but i don't start milking til the babies are 4 weeks old
    then i do the above for 2 weeks - only milking once a day
    then at 6 weeks i do the same but milk twice a day
    you dont get alot at night but it keeps momma in milk
    and i keep that up til momma kicks the baby off herself
  12. KLSpoultry

    KLSpoultry New Member

    Dec 14, 2008
    Omaha, NE
    well, it gets worse before it gets better right??

    she was way naughtier tonight. i had a goat rodeo on my hands!!

    i am getting better at milking though! got tons of milk from her tonight, i think i have this milking thing down. i should have enough to make some cheese in less than a week. :clap:
  13. Amos

    Amos New Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    What does her udder look like?
    We often bottlefeed our babies so we can milk our does twice a day, you could do that if you want more milk =]
  14. lesserweevil

    lesserweevil New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    When I first got my goats I was told - by a friend who had goats - that if I didnt bottle feed the kids I a) wouldnt get much milk and b) the kids would be wild. Heck she was wrong on both counts. And besides, it hurt ME so much hearing the mamma screaming for a few days for her babies... that in the end I just couldnt separate them any more =]
    And I still got tons of milk, milking once a day =]