Most homesteaders are told that they need to add some livestock to their property, and that goats are a great addition. After all, goats can provide milk and they take up far less space than a cow. Of course, those who are new to homesteading probably don’t have a clue as to how they can milk a goat. When you start raising goats, you want to learn everything possible about them; the bucks, the does, raising the kids, and certainly how to milk them. The following are a couple of milking tips to help you get started.
You should milk the goat at regular intervals. Ideally, this will be 12 hours apart. So, if you get up early and milk the goats at 6am, you will want to milk them again at 6pm. You should find a schedule that will work the best for you. If you can’t milk at both sessions, have someone else in the household do it.
You need to have certain tools when you are milking. You will need a milking pail, a stand for the goats, so the teats are at eye level when you are doing the milking as it is more comfortable for you this way. You can make a stand of your own, or you can buy one. Make sure the seat you have is at the right height as well. You will also need a strip cup and a milk filter, and teat dip, which is often iodine. It stops bacteria from getting into the animal.
There are different basic methods to milking, and you will want to experiment with them to find the one that works best for you. If you know someone who has raised goats before, have them teach you how to milk properly.
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