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Usin' up extra milk
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Tom A    Posted 08-16-2002 at 03:31:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just started milking one of the goats again--really missed having fresh, creamy milk around.

Only problem is the quantity. Judy is giving us about 1 1/2 gallons a day, which is far more than the two of us can drink. So there's pudding every night, too. And of course the dogs all get a bowl...the chickens eat a litle (not fond of it)...but still, it is *a lot* of milk.

So what do y'all do with extra milk? We've made cheese in the past, but seems like there's never enough time to do it on a regular basis. And of course, then there is lots of whey to get rid of! Help, we're drowning!!

Tom A

Rachel    Posted 08-16-2002 at 03:47:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Funny I've just been researching goats. Found out that you can freeze goat milk and it doesn't get all thin and separate like cow milk. Put in gallon milk jugs and then in deep freeze. Supposed to thaw out the same as it goes in. I suppose there would be a difference in freshness, tho. Hope this helps, Rachel

Les...fortunate    Posted 08-16-2002 at 04:36:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get yer a couple of pigs. About time the milk dries up, the pigs will be ready to butcher. Pigs is cheaper this time of year and they will thrive on milk.

Jerry S- Les is right.    Posted 08-16-2002 at 07:00:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hogs are going to be real cheap for a while because feed costs are going to go up and there are too many hogs out there for the 4th quarter of the year. Hogs are a good option.

Tom A -- I've heard that, but....    Posted 08-16-2002 at 08:52:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've thought about a hog, but my much-better half tends to get attached to every animal we get. It'll sound silly, but I am pretty sure that if I get any hogs they'll turn into pets and not chops.

I only just barely won the arguement when she wanted to buy one of the neighbor's cows--we'd been letting them graze on our back pasture and she'd looked it in the eye one too many times!

I really don't want to get a hog and wind up feeding it for the rest of its natural life.


bob    Posted 08-16-2002 at 17:48:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tom just let it get out a few times and do a little rooting and your wife will get real unattached

Les...    Posted 08-16-2002 at 11:52:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
You otter try a trick my son has used with his pigs. He gives them names like "Pork Chop", "Hamlet", or "Hamton". Just as a reminder to the kids that that's the reason we have this critter in the first place.

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