Since I weaned seven boys, I have three girls without kids on them (Muffin still has her daughter nursing her).
Helen with Kent and Clark
That means, I’ve got milk! I am getting right at a gallon each morning and evening.
I filter it as soon as I get into the house. I am making yogurt now!
I’m filling my freezer and have a couple more to fill. That way any bottle kid next spring will get the good stuff instead of a milk replacer.
It does make it a bit more challenging to milk with four of them. I start with Haley. She’s such a goofball! She’s been the one I’ve milked for two months. She would not accept anyone else going before her. Of course, she just goes to the food and stands.
Coffee is right there trying to push Haley out of the way, so she can be first. She goes second. She’s another one that just goes for the food and eats while I do my milking.
Then, as I open the door to get Coffee out, I block Haley from coming back in so Helen can have her turn. Helen is my brat, so I don’t know how long she’ll let me milk her, but for now, she’s being very good and cooperative. She has been putting herself in the training stanchion, and that’s fine. She’s comfortable there.
Finally, I have to block Haley and Coffee from coming back in when I put Helen out. Then I go get Clover. She’s never been a milking doe before, so she’s still not quite in the routine. Once I bring her in, she’s all excited, so I put her in the stanchion to calm her down and keep her focused on one pan of food. Then she stands perfectly for me.
I have such amazing milking girls! When I figure out where to wean the little girls, I’ll have Cinnamon and try training Reva too.
Sharing with Alphabe-Thursday for the letter M. M is for milk.