Now that your does have kidded it’s time to get prepared for milking. I’ve had these items on standby since we ordered the supplies for the birthing kit and I’m excited to finally get to use them. Here is what I ordered:
Stainless Steel Bucket/Pot
It is IMPERATIVE that everything touching the milk be sterile, so it’s important to go with stainless or glass so that it can be properly sanitized. Also be sure that you container is one piece so there are no cracks or crevices for milk to hide and spoil! Where to get the bucket and the stainless steel pot.
I know this sounds gross but when you milk your doe sometimes hair or grass can fall into the bucket. There’s no real harm in it but you don’t want to drink it (UNLESS YOU’RE INTO THAT SORT OF THING–NO JUDGMENT HERE) so you want to strain the milk before you store it. Where to get the strainer.
Milk FiltersThese filters go along with the strainer. They create a finer screen for the milk to go through to ensure that there really aren’t any little particles in it. Where to get the filters.
I know I stressed the importance of not using plastic earlier but when it comes to lids plastic is where it’s at! Get the lids here.
Mason Jars (64oz)
At their peak I’ve been told to expect about a quart a day (give or take) of milk from the Nigerian Dwarf does so it’s important to have big glass storage for your milk. Get jars here.
It’s important to clean /sanitize the does teats before and after milking. Before milking I use teat dip (Check out the homemade teat wash recipe here)afterwards I use Iodine wash to prevent infection since their orifices are open. Find the teat dipper here.
Hobble Believe it or not some does will be less than thrilled about being milked (I know shocking) so this will go on her legs to keep her from kicking or putting her feet in the milk (like Capri did this morning). Find the goat hobble here
Now that you have everything that you need to milk I need to warn you…BE PATIENT! Milking a goat (especially a Nigerian dwarf) isn’t like milking a cow that has nice large teats. The teats are much smaller and much harder to get a grip on. Also the milking motion is NOT a motion that your hand will be used to making. It takes a LOT of practice. I’ve only tried for about two days now (I don’t plan on milking her fully for two weeks, but we’ve just been practicing) and look at this “hug” milk harvest
So please please please above all else be patient.