Got Milk? or What does this hook up to anyways?

5 gal milker

The milking machine has arrived, and Genka and Geneva are eating their grain on the milking stand.  We’ve still got a few months to go.  Right now, they are eating about 2 cups of “sweet feed” each day.  That will increase some soon, and more after they “freshen”.  We’ve started to pick up a few kidding and milking supplies and will be giving some “booster shots” fairly soon.  Seems like everytime I read up, there’s more things to worry about.  We just watched a video that demonstrated de-horning and castration.  Still struggling with some of those ideas.. 

Seems like for small scale farming the farmer has to do everything themselves and  minimize costs.  All this work, and then realize the low prices that the  farmers get for their labor.   It does force large scale production.  For example, a farmer might sell a young goat to the meat market for less than $100.  How much effort goes into that?  Hay costs $4/bale!

We’ll be turning our attention to getting a hot water supply hooked up into the barn, ( a tankless water heater), and a small utility tub.  I tried to find a dairy to buy some goat milk this weekend.  Looks like it costs about $10/gallon.  I wonder how much the farmer sells it for, and how easy it is to fit out a barn/milk house and  get a license to sell milk.   ( Not going there).


4 thoughts on “Got Milk? or What does this hook up to anyways?

  1. I love the whole idea of your goats having babies, and I’m real sure that you’re not in this for the money….what would drive folks to want to buy goat’s milk…allergies? It is too bad that it’s so expensive to do what you’re doing – but, what a wonderful experience Maria is having, living on the farm !

    • Hi Mo. Goats milk is considered a univeral milk. Kind of like O negative for blood. May people with milk allergies may be able to drink it. The amout of lactose is less for one thing. I’ll remember pull togher some comments about the qualities of goat’s milk. As for us, we’re intending to make cheese from the milk.

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