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Milk Cow or Goat - PEP BB animal.sand.milking

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Location: Central AZ
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Hello PEP-folks,

Usually this is one of the kids' jobs, but he was sick yesterday, so I milked and took time to document for the badge. We have two La Manchas in milk, Rosa & Lila, and they are good solid milkers. We do once a day milking, which works for us, though we could get more (and feed more) with 2x a day, but we're pretty satisfied with the current output.

All told it takes about 20min to do both girls, when not photographing stuff. I'm a big fan of the Lehmans milk strainer, we use it with the metal screen at milking, then wash it and put in the paper filter for straining. The milk is always sweet, and drinks very nicely, as well as being great for yogurt (separate post on that in a bit). We're pretty careful with teat cleaning, use a very mild Oasis bio-pac + vinegar + water solution for wiping at first, then dipping when done. Our girls have always had healthy udders, thankfully.

And the cats get the strippings (first squirts, to clean the tract). They are promptly at the stanchion at milking time.

Yield varies between 3-4qts for both girls together. Last night we got 3qts+headspace in the jars and a little cupful for the toddler, so pretty typical. The girls are both bred with the buck right now, so output is declining a bit as it tends to in pregnancy, ending in dry-off for a month or so before kidding. I think that whole process can also be documented somewhere, once I put the photos together.

Happy homesteading!
goat in milking stand
goat in milking stand
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Milking Goat Rosa
Milking Goat Rosa
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Paul Fookes approved this submission.
Note: Well done Mark.  I certift this BB complete.

Staff note (gir bot) :

Paul Fookes approved this submission.

Staff note (Paul Fookes) :

Mark, I erred on your side in approving this BB.  One criteria is - you and an empty bucket beneath a cow or goat.  Your photograph of milking Rosa is just bordering on Maybe/ maybe not.  I have found that if you label the pictures per the stated criteria, your BBs will sail through.

Hope this helps with future BBs

Maybe he went home and went to bed. And took this tiny ad with him:
full time farm crew job w/ housing
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