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Milking stories (was Cows)
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sharon g    Posted 06-01-2004 at 07:10:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Y'all had me laughing. Milking goats is, I guess, easier since there are only two teats. My son is the chief milker here. He can turn them on like faucets. My little hands get just a light thread going. We had to get a fellow from the feed and tack next door to help out while son was away at Scout camp last year.

Most of the goats are easy. A couple of them know that we keep 4-Way in the trough at the milkstand, so they come along quite happily. The three we milk regularly have horns. Makes it much easier to bring 'em along and hold when they get restless. But the La Mancha doesn't have horns and is taller, stronger, wider than the others. Son has me "mount" her on the milk stand. I'm all of 5'3" if I stretch. Stradling this doe is quite a feat. The La Mancha's neck is slightly longer than the other goats'. She can whip that neck around and pull the hair of the "milker" quicker than I can catch her. I feel like I'm bronco riding with the ride she gives me -- shifting weight of course makes the stand pitch. A new computer tech was watching the other day -- standing at the fence with mouth agap. She's just the sweetest thing until this part of her day. Hopefully she dries up quickly. Her milk is good, but we get plenty from the others and this one is just too much to deal with for long.

DD    Posted 06-01-2004 at 08:08:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
TeeHee, Yeehah! Ride em Goat Girl! *giggling* Sorry Sharon, I couldn't help but giggle when I read your description. Would her milk not dry up quiker if you stopped milking her? Now's yer chance to laugh at me, I dunno diddley about farm critters. Thanks for the funny this morning : )

sharon g    Posted 06-01-2004 at 08:13:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If she wasn't producing so much milk, I'd let her dry on her own. But her bag is huge and tight. Don't want mastitis to set in. We've done this with the others. There are "plugs" they put in the teats to help, but I really don't want to go that route. Also have separated her four-month old doeling. This is our first La Mancha, so I'm just plaything it by "ear" (ROFL, the La Mancha is earless).

DD    Posted 06-01-2004 at 08:20:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
TeeHee, at least you have a sense of humor about it. Thanks for explaining it to me, I didn't know : ) I'm a Country Girl at Heart, just stuck in the city all my life.

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