Good Fresh Goat Milk

>> Wednesday, April 22, 2009

With three goats producing milk we currently have plenty of good fresh goat milk.  Annie and Brownie both have twin kids that would take all of their milk if we allowed them to do so.  In order to get some of the milk we pen up the kids each evening and milk the mothers each morning. The kids get all of the milk the mothers produce during the day.  If we have plenty of milk ahead we may skip the evening “pen up.”

Below are some photos of the “business end” of our three goats just prior to milking time this morning.

April    21st 001 This is Annie.  I don’t believe she is giving as much as she did a couple of years ago when she was giving about 2 gallons of milk a day.  For a goat that is quite good.

April    21st 002 Brownie, shown here, is Annie’s daughter that was born three years ago, one of four kids.  She freshened for the first time when she was just one year old.  She had one buck kid that year and one buck kid last year.  This year she had twins, a buck and a doe.

April    21st 003 Zoe is our first freshener.  She is also Annie’s daughter from two years ago.  She is doing quite well for a first freshener.

April    21st 005 The bucket is almost full.

April    21st 007 Five quarts of fresh milk.  We drink quite a bit and use some in cooking.  We have also being making yogurt and cream cheese.  Before long we need to make a freezer of ice cream.  We generally can find some others nearby to help us eat it.

2 comments:

Anna April 26, 2009 at 5:45 PM  

Looks good! It's been so many years since I helped you milk the goats.

Tammy April 28, 2009 at 6:11 AM  

We had goats when I was little and I remember helping my father milk them.

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