What time(s) of Day Do You Milk?

Discussion in 'Dairy Diaries' started by MellonFriend, Sep 24, 2020.

  1. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    Hey, everyone. My does should be ready to breed next month and I have been thinking about what the best daily schedule for milking would be for me. What time or times of day do you like to milk?
  2. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Whatever times work for you. I milk once a day at 8 am.

  3. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    I'm just wondering when are people's favorite times to milk. I know it is up to me. :)
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  4. Calistar

    Calistar Well-Known Member

    This year I'm milking twice a day, at about 6:15 am and 8:00 pm or so. I hate it, but I'm trying to earn milk stars for my does.

    Last year I milked AM only. Every year prior to that I've milked PM only. I'm not a morning person, but it turns out that the AM milking is a lot easier for me. Especially this time of year when it's getting dark earlier, it's really nice not to have to worry about milking at the end of the day. AM milking does get you up earlier, but once you're done it's forgotten and you have the rest of the day ahead of you.

    Milking twice a day sucks very much and I don't know how so many of you manage :p
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  5. Oliveoil

    Oliveoil Well-Known Member

    Sep 3, 2019
    i usually milk at 6 am and pm during the school year. Summer is more relaxed and was either 630 or 730 depending on whether i had to work at night i would milk between 6 and 7. I have a pretty chill attitude towards milking times though
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  6. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    I didn’t know you could stray from the “every 12 hours” rule that all the books say one should stick to, so that’s what I am doing. Works for us.
    7 am and 7 pm.
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  7. groovyoldlady

    groovyoldlady Goat Crazy!

    Jul 21, 2011
    Central Maine
    7am and 7pm. Unless we don't. ;-)
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  8. CaramelKittey

    CaramelKittey Well-Known Member

    We try to milk 12 hours apart, but sometimes it's only 10-11 hours apart. We usually milk 6:30-7:30 AM and 6:30-7:30 PM. ;)
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  9. Michaela Van Mecl

    Michaela Van Mecl Well-Known Member

    Sep 3, 2018
    Northern Virginia
    I actually had no idea that was feasible! I would love to start doing that! Right now I'm milking twice a day, am and pm.... but I'd love to transition to once a day. Do you think I'll end up losing milk overall?
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  10. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Absolutely you will lose milk milking only once a day. You also can't do that with a heavy milker. My girls aren't heavy milkers and I don't need a ton of milk. So it was nice to go to once a day.
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  11. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki
    The cow gets milked of a mornin after separation. The goats get of a mornin after separation while nursing kids. Then when weaned twice a day. I am not an early riser so mornin milkin is usually bout 8:30 and evening really depends on the time of year it is. It has been 7:30 through summer but the is goin down sooner now so i have been goin out about an hour earlier. Mine get put in the barn at night and come dark they want to be abed.
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  12. NDinKY

    NDinKY Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2019
    When I was milking twice a day it was 6 am and 8 pm just based on my work schedule/kids. I’m now down to once daily in the evening as we’ve started breeding for Feb kids. I’ll dry them off soon.
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  13. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    I milk every 15 hours. I know that sounds totally stupid, but it works for me! I have done it for 6 years, after I was no longer working at the constructions co. (then it was 4 am and 8 pm) Now it is every 15 and it works out pretty good.
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  14. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    So is it not that important to milk every 12 hours? Like some of the other posters I figured that was a rule.
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  15. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Depends on your does. If you have heavy milkers, then you do need to be faithful about milking every 12 hours
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  16. Calistar

    Calistar Well-Known Member

    If you don't milk your does out every 12 hours EXACTLY, they will explode. It is fact. :p
  17. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

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  18. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    Whatever you decide, you have to keep that schedule. 12 hrs, 10, 8, 15 whatever, you cant keep switching around. So, pick what works for you and stick to it as close as possible. Sometimes life gets in the way, but if you have to change your schedule, its better to milk sooner than later. Easier on their udders, too.
  19. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    Thanks everyone for you input. I'm thinking I could probably manage something like 7:00am and 6:00 pm.

    Here's another question: what do you do about day light savings time?
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  20. Kass

    Kass Well-Known Member

    Apr 26, 2020
    Lisbon Falls ME
    I was just thinking of asking that question. I won't have any does in milk till spring, but I'm curious!
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