Dec 21, 2011

Milking goats 101

I know that some of you are just starting out and getting your first milk goats, so I thought I'd put up a little lesson about how to milk a goat properly.  This routine is what I use every morning and night.

Give her some grain
make sure your pail and jug are squeaky clean :)
I use antibacterial soap water as the teat cleaner.  Just spray both sides of each teat
Use a clean rag to wipe the teats with.
Put your thumb at the base of the udder, followed by your index finger (don't go up too high or you'll wind up pinching her udder...and that wouldn't feel too good :)
Place your middle finger on next
Follow the last step with your "ring" finger.
And last but not least, your pinky finger!
Of course, this is a step-by-step process that you'll get better at as time goes by, but this is just an educational post for all the newbies.  Once you've been milking for a couple years, your milking technique will get faster and probably not look exactly like the steps above, as you will develop your own personal technique.

Careful technique insures you will get all the milk out of the teats and not shoot it back up into the teat, which can cause serious problems, such as mastitis.

Anyway, that's your short lesson on how to milk a dairy goat!

Thanks for reading :)
-Hannah

Shared:  Barn Hop #42