Tag Archives: milking

He’s Back to Being Bad

16 Oct

Mr. Gander is feeling much better.  He’s so much better that he’s back to harassing attacking goats.

There’s also a new game in the barnyard.

Cinnamon and Ava made it safely through.

The geese stand in front of the milk room door.

Joy coming over the posts

They make the goats do a mad dash to make it in to get milked without getting attacked.  Remind me why I took those two ganders in.

In other milking news, I decided I wasn’t a fan of the game where I had to chase Aphrodite and drag her across the barnyard to milk her.

Aphrodite

We’ll deal with training her next summer.  Maybe.

New Milkers

5 Oct

After selling the four boys, I had Joy and Aphrodite that I thought about milking.  I tried them both.

Aphrodite’s perfect udder

Did you bring me a peanut or any food?

Joy was first.  A couple days before I sold the kids, she started coming to the milk room with her mom. I think the MGIT (Milk Goat In Training) program worked!

Joy

I let her in and trimmed hooves, and she was happy to come in after Seven was gone because she likes sweet feed.

Milking was a bit different though.  She squatted and crouched down, and I could hardly reach my hands under to her udder. She was determined she was going to eat, but she was not about to pick her back end up and stand.

already doing better the second day

Poor girl.  I laughed at her.  I couldn’t help it.  She did let me milk though.  She doesn’t have much milk (Seven was almost five months old), but this is about training for next year.  I’m guessing she’ll be fine once she gets used to it, and she will be the fourth generation of milking does in that line.

three generations coming to get milked: Zinnia, Joy, and retired Haley

Aphrodite was a different story.  I had to drag her to the milk room.

feet planted as we walked from pasture

She does not like to be led at all.  I tell you, I was huffing and puffing by the time we got to the milk room.

Dropping to the ground and refusing to stand up

Once we were in there, she danced for a minute and then she didn’t care too much.  That’s the way I like it.  She hadn’t even participated in the MGIT program.

I’m also thinking I might need to quit milking Cinnamon because I’m not getting hardly any milk from her.

Cinnamon is about done

But she does like coming in to eat.

Still Milking

18 Sep

I am still milking, but I am only milking Zinnia in the morning. I can’t believe the days are already getting this short–it’s mostly dark when I get out there.

Zinnia

She gives me about a pint of milk twice a day.

About an hour before milking in the evening, Cinnamon shows up.  She stands in the barn door and randomly yells until it’s time to get milked.

Cinnamon

Usually Astra is waiting too.  They have a contest to see who gets to go in first (Cinnamon).  As you can see, neither one looks like their udder is very full.

Cinnamon and Astra (by the way, I LOVE my new step)

I have to call out to pasture for Ava and Zinnia, and then they come in to get milked.

With the four of them in the evening, I’m getting a little over two pints.   I could probably quit milking a couple of the girls, but they do enjoy coming in.

Astra (she wouldn’t quit eating to smile for the camera)

And I love my milking girls.