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Canning and Milking

15 Sep

Well, last Sunday was too wet for me to dig potatoes, but I ended up picking more bell peppers and tomatoes.

Salem checking it out

So I made my taco sauce.  It’s good.

Look at all those spices!

I might have to make another batch.

I have adjusted whose getting milked.  I had already cut Antigone and Astra down to once a day because I wasn’t getting very much from them.  Then one afternoon Antigone didn’t come up to get milked when I called, so I just quit milking her.

Antigone regrets her decision. She’s still begging to come in.

My other girls are not about to skip getting milked.  Ava and Astra were waiting under the walnut tree for me to come out to the barnyard and start milking.

Ava and Astra

Astra is still getting milked once a day.  She doesn’t give me a lot, but it is a bit more.  And it’s good for her to come in and eat.

I try to do her last and let her eat a bit longer when I can.  But sometimes Joy makes me call to her.  Then she’s last.

Joy coming up; Astra leaving the milk room

I am thrilled to have all this milk for mozzarella and yogurt.

starting a two-gallon batch of mozzarella

And I am getting my freezer filled back up. in case of bottle kids next year. And I’ll still get to add Zinnia to the lineup when I wean her girls!

Wonderful Milk

22 Aug

I am thrilled to be milking again.  I like routine in my day, and the girls help with that. I can count on them to be waiting (rather impatiently) when it’s time to milk.

Astra, Ava, and Joy

We have an order.  Ava is first. She’s giving me a lot of milk.  There’s a good reason her daughter had fat rolls. Sometimes, she gets tired of me milking her, so we have to take a quick kiss break.  Other times, I have to put the collar on and tell her she has to let me finish milking.

Ava admiring her milk

Astra is next.  She struggles with the heat, so she is looking a bit rough as hot as we’ve been this summer and having two kids.  But I’ll keep milking as long as she gives me something.  The sweet feed is good for her.

Astra

The last one is Joy.  They still crack me up. I often have retired girls waiting to see if they will get a turn.  Sometimes, I end up with a lot of goats wanting to come in because I trim hooves in here too.

Joy and Dolly waiting to come in.

Joy is giving me more this year.  Hopefully, she’s as rock steady as she was last year, and I’ll have plenty of milk for quite some time. The look on her face is just like “Where did that come from and why are you showing me that while I’m eating?”

Joy

Antigone seems to be my wild card and jumps in whenever she can; who cares about an order.  She is doing quite well with becoming a milking doe.  I’m not getting a lot of milk from her, but she’s been in milk since mid-March, and I just weaned her daughter at five months.  Next year, we’ll wean her in a more timely manner, and I’ll get more milk from her.  This year is all about the training.

Antigone

Then there’s Dolly.  She’s retired.  She doesn’t care.  And she’s my darling, so she gets to come in and eat (or just hang out/play in the tub).

She gets to do that while I filter the milk from the four girls who actually give me milk.

I’m getting just about half a gallon twice a day (a little over in the evening).

That means I’m making mozzarella, yogurt, buttermilk, and chevre.  And it gives me milk just to use in my kitchen.

Weaning

20 Aug

I started with weaning Astra’s kids and putting them up north with Margarita and her kids.  Since Margarita’s kids figured out they should eat sweet feed, I took Margarita out and let her go out to pasture.

Margarita

Well, it only took a couple of days before Terry and Howie escaped to rejoin their mom.  I just keep hoping the will perk up and do better.

Margarita with Howie (front) and Terry

As soon as I started milking Astra, Ava decided she wanted milked too.

Astra

So I caught Sophia and put her up there.  Then I could milk Ava like she wanted.

Ava

I milked just those two for a couple of days, and my hands were doing okay, so I weaned Joy’s boy.

Joy

Now I’m milking three girls, and I have the four kids up there.

Sophia, Champ, PITA, and Poche

They are all four doing well.  This morning, I added Spunky up there and I’m going to try milking Antigone.

Spunky

Antigone

I’ve already been letting her come in sometimes in the mornings and doing a little bit of milking.  I think I could make her my next milking doe.  We’ll see how it goes this evening.