Today, I’d like for you to join me as we milk our goats! Watch this video, and you’ll be able to learn how to milk a goat yourself. One of the stories that I read that really made me want to try milking goats and having raw milk, was the story that happened in the 1300’s. The Bubonic plague came and hit Europe and killed 25 million people, within 3 years of time. The only people that weren’t dying were the Jews. The people thought that the Jews were killing them, but really what was happening was that they were eating “Biblically correct”. Their immune systems were strong, and their bodies were able to kill the bad bacteria with the good bacteria from the unpasteurized milk. They were able to kill viruses and pathogens that came into their bodies. It’s an amazing super-food that God created for us to be able to have for our health.
Now that you’re convinced that you want a milking goat, here are the supplies that we need in order to milk her…
- We need a jar to put the milk in.
- We need a sterilized cloth to make sure that nothing falls into the milk while we’re milking her.
- And we need a cloth to wash her well.
The first thing that we’re going to do is wash her udders. After you’ve done that, you lay the cloth over the jar and start milking. The first couple squirts go onto the paper towel, just in case there’s bacteria in there. Put both hands at the base of her utter, push up and squeeze, and then all the milk comes down. So you go up, and squeeze down! You want to make sure that you get it all out because you don’t want her to get any infections.
The next thing that you do is spray with Fight-Bac. This is a disinfectant, and it also helps to control mastitis. You never want your goat to have that. Now we’re going to let her out…Good job, Angel!
The first thing we’re going to do is wash our hands. The next thing we’re going to do is take the cloth off and rinse it out. Rinse it really well and get all the milk and anything that fell on it off. Then we have a filter. I got mine from Hoager’s, a goat supplies store (online). I put the filter on the bottom of the funnel. Then we’re going to put it through the second filtration process. Make sure that we filter out anything that could have fallen into the milk. Sometimes you don’t have any dirt, and nothing comes through the first cloth that we put on. But, you never want take that chance — you always want to have a second filter.
This is from one milking! We get a little over a gallon a day. This is from the night time milking, and we get the same amount in the morning. Then, I take the funnel and filter off, I rinse it, and later I’ll be sterilizing it. Now we’re going to put a top on and seal it up. We have Saturday written on the top. We put it on, and now we’re finished. We’re going to put it in the refrigerator where it will last for 4 to 5 days. And now we’re finished. You know how to milk a goat. And you know how to process it.