We have a milking goat, and are currently raising two of her kids (born back on Feb 18th) to be milkers as well. Thelma, the mom, is a Boer mix. Boers are not the first breed you might think of as a milking goat, but we have been happy with her production.
Milking Goat Production
In the past we have been happy with getting one quart out of any of our goats. We have never had a “proven” goat where we could expect anything more than that. There were times where we would have a “good day” – basically any time we couldn’t fit the milk in a single quart mason jar.
But today, today was different. Thelma has been giving a little bit more milk each day for the last week. First a good solid quart, then a quart and a quarter, then a quart and a half… and then today… two full quarts. Others experience this, but for us, it is a new milestone.
And this is from only 1 milking per day. Her kids are put away at the end of each day and in the morning Jennifer milks Thelma before the kids are allowed to have access to Thelma. We knew today was going to be something special when Jennifer had to ask me to go get another jug for her to milk in to.
Now, Thelma did give birth to triplets but we traded the buck for another stud. Perhaps the extra production can be attributed to that. However, the buck kid has been gone for a few weeks now.
Storing Goat Milk
Jennifer milks our goats into a 2 quart pitcher, which has an ice pack in it. We find that this chills the milk more quickly, producing a sweeter tasting milk. She then passes the milk through a cone shaped metal coffee strainer, and into a mason jar.
We use the plastic lids and use a dry erase marker to write the date (a good way to make sure we go First-In, First-Out).
Most people are happy to know the quantity of milk that is produced, such as the two quarts, or half gallon that we got today. However, others weight the milk to help track fat content. If that matters to you, we did weigh the milk since we knew we would be sharing this.
Together, the contents of the two jars (we were sure to tare, or zero, the scale after the jar, funnel and filter were on the scale so that only the milk was weighed) came to 4 pounds and .9 ounce. Truthfully, I have no idea if that is good or not, but there you have it.
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