Madeline is my current milker and my plan is to not breed her and milk her through the winter. I plan on breeding Abigail next month and then to start milking her in the spring after she kids. You can read more about the girls and how I got them here: Goat Girls. I have always only milked once a day because there is no way we could use all the milk I get! Madeline kidded on March 29th and this morning, I got over three quarts of milk! I get enough for our needs, all my baking for the Farmer's Market each week, two batches of cheese each week and five quarts for a friend of mine every week! Who needs a cow!!
|Madeline likes to let herself into the milking shed!!|
|That's a lot of milk!!|
Everyone has their favorite breed of dairy goat, mine happens to be the Alpines. I have had a Nubian and a Toggenburg and they were both VERY sweet girls but the Alpines really appeal to me. They are quieter than the Nubians; Lydia Sue was a screamer! LOL!! The Alpines give nice, sweet milk; I have heard that the Toggenburgs were bred specifically for milk for cheese making and their milk can be kind of strong. I never actually milked Tara because I didn't need her milk at the time and she wasn't trained. I don't have any experience with Saanens but they look like Alpines only whiter! :) I can't quite get past the ear thingy with the LaManchas but have heard great things about them. There are also Oberhasli and Pygmy dairy goats. Dairy goats have great personalties, are easy to care for and they provide fresh milk that can be used as is or made into cheese, etc. I think they make a great addition to any small farm! :) Besides, the kids are just SOOO darn cute!
|Abigail the day she was born!|
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