How to Milk a Goat

Get some tips on how to milk a goat.  Especially, if you're milking by hand, you will need the basics on milking a goat.

Milking by hand does require learning a certain technique to get the most milk from your dairy goat without hurting her milking parts.

For people who have a lot of dairy goats, a portable milking machine may be more practical.

However, milking a goat is a lot less intimidating than milking a cow and even young children can learn to be successful at this venture.

How to Milk a Goat - Milking by Hand

Tips for Milking a Goat

A goat has one udder and 2 teats and the teats are what you squeeze when milking your goat.

First, wrap your thumb and forefinger around the base of the teat tightly enough to trap the milk inside the teat.

Second, squeeze with your middle finger along with your ring finger and then your pinky in one smooth motion.

Relax your grip on the base of your goat's teat and repeat this procedure when milking by hand.

When you see a noticeable lack of milk or shrinkage, it is probably time to stop milking.

  • Make sure your goat has enough grain to keep her occupied while milking your goat.
  • Also make sure she can't move around too much during milking by securing her head.
  • Be sure to clean her udder and teats before milking begins.
  • Be sure that you wash your hands and use clean equipment, glass jars, etc.
  • Do not pull or twist your goat's teats while milking.
  • If milk gets low, try massaging your goat's udder for 30 seconds.
  • Most goats kick, so don't bring your face too close to the bucket while milking.

Even the young can be involved with milking a goat. Since a mature doe typically weighs between 120 to 200 pounds, they're much easier to handle than a gigantic cow.

Goats are milked twice a day - usually 12 hours apart.  Milk will last a couple of weeks or 10 to 14 days in your refrigerator.

The milk production of your dairy goats will vary, but a good doe in her prime will produce at least a gallon of milk per day.

The average lactation period for a goat is about 10 months.

Portable Milking Machine

A portable milking machine is for the more serious dairy goat farmer. This will come in handy if you have made it your business to sell goat milk or other dairy goat products.

A decent portable milking machine will cost you close to a thousand dollars, so it may be something you may need to plan for in the future.

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