Tag Archives: milking

In Training

4 Nov

Joy seems to be enjoying the MGIT (Milk Goat in Training) program. She’s quick to come when she sees me at the milk room.

Joy and Caroline (followed by llamas looking for food)

She’s quite happy to eat sweet feed while I milk her maa.

Joy and Zinnia

Although, Zinnia doesn’t seem to be too happy.  I’ve had to start putting the collar on so she doesn’t wander into the soap room or just not let me milk her.  I don’t know why…

After I’m done milking, she’s all sweet and snuggly.

Then I give Joy a bit of attention too.  She doesn’t mind it.

I’m not sure it will really make her tame, but it’s good to know she’ll come into the milk room to eat if I actually have to catch her for something.

And I still haven’t decided if I’m going to keep another bratty goat or not.

Winding Down

18 Oct

Milking is really winding down.  I’m just milking Cutie and Zinnia now.

Zinnie wondering what’s taking so long to let her in

I’m getting a little over a quart a day.  It’s not enough to make any big batches of cheese or anything, so I’m freezing pint bags for Snickers and me.

morning milking

I have also been making lotion.  I am fully stocked with eleven fragrances.

Crisp Apple Rose and Southern Peach are new scents.

So far, I’ve also made fifteen batches of soap this fall.  Crisp Apple Rose is a new soap scent too.  I really like it.

I don’t think I’ve shared the link to my website in ages, so if you are interested in trying our soaps or lotions, you can click HERE.

Rainy Weekend

23 Sep

We had a really rainy weekend.

Bambi

You can see the beans keep turning yellow.

The goats spent a lot of time stranded in the barn.

Daisy and Dahlia getting ready to cross the barnyard to the greenhouse

It makes milking a challenge.  They have to come from the barn to the milk room, which usually isn’t a big deal.

Fionn in the Love Shack and Zinnia in the barn door

But we have a design flaw that leaves a huge mud puddle in front of the milk room door. That means muddy udders. Luckily I ordered teat wipes that work well.

Zinnia

We’re working on getting that fixed.  It also means I had to double bag my foot. That didn’t even keep it perfectly dry (but not too bad).  Anyhow, with all this rainy weather and the work I did all weekend, I’m not sure how I’m going to do any blog posts this week.  It’s most likely going to be crappy cell phone pictures.

putting the geese in for the night

Hopefully tonight’s nicer weather will give me an opportunity to get out and take some pictures.