Go(a)t Milk? V-Care & Conclusion

By Kassie Dwyer, Eden Farm, Athens, ME It is important to remember that a milking goat will have different needs than pet goats.  They have specific nutritional needs and need to be supplied with grain and hay/pasture twice a day and water 24/7. 2-3 pounds of grain per day is a good general guideline for a milking doe.  You may need to adjust depending on her production and size.  The milking doe should be relatively thin, as she should be focusing her resources on milk production, but she should be able to maintain a healthy body weight.  The grain that you {read more}

goat milk processing for homesteaders

Goat Milk Processing for Homesteaders

Goat Milk Processing for Homesteaders is by Kassie Dwyer, Eden Farm, Athens, ME Hooray! You have milk! Now, it’s time to prepare it for consumption.  Even when you do your best to keep your milking area clean, you are going to probably have a few floaties here and there-not to mention the stuff you can’t see! This first step is to filter your fresh goat milk. Most filters are very simple to use.  Mine looks like a funnel with a wide, flat bottom.  You simply insert a three inch filter disk into the funnel, set it into a clean container, and {read more}

Go(a)t Milk? Part III-The Fun Stuff

By Kassie Dwyer, Eden Farm, Athens, ME You’re now invested in milking your goat.  You have all your supplies, you can’t wait to begin this new adventure.  So….where do you start? Before you begin milking, sweep off your stand and the surrounding area.  You will want to brush your doe off, too, especially the belly/udder area.  Keeping the udder and underbelly clipped can help a lot with debris management. Stick some food in front of your goat, especially if she is a new milker.  It helps keep them occupied while you complete the task at hand.  Most people who milk feed {read more}

Go(a)t Milk? Part II-Preparations

By Kassie Dwyer, Eden Farm, Athens, ME Before your doe kids and it’s time to begin milking, you have some decisions to make and supplies to gather.  Your best bet, like any part of farming, is to be prepared for the situation.  A little consideration and “pre-gaming” goes a long ways.   How many times you choose to milk a day is up to you, but remember that supply will generally increase with demand.  I milk once a day in the morning.  However, I also dam-raise my kids.  Many dairy producers choose to separate mom and babies and bottle feed the {read more}