Hey guys!! I’m so glad you could join me, Jill, Amy, and Megan for another awesome Homestead Barn Hop! It has been so much fun visiting everyone’s homesteads and seeing what you’ve all been up to! Keep the great ideas coming!
Well you guys, we did it!! We finally got some dairy goats.
I’ve been searching Craigslist for months and months, waiting for the perfect dairy goats to become available. And over the weekend, we found some.
A local couple was selling off some of their herd, including two Oberhasli does in milk. One had two 5 wk old kids that came with her, no extra charge. I was actually looking to get Nubians, just ’cause they are so darn cute (plus the fact that their milk is higher in butterfat), but this deal was too good to pass up.
We spent two hours with the family and their goats, asking questions and enjoying good conversation. It was nice meeting some new, like-minded folks.
One of the does was due to be milked while we were there, so I asked if I could watch the lady milk her. She smiled as I explained that I’d never milked a goat, and would love to see how it was done before we brought them home. She was amused as she reminisced about the day that her husband brought home their first dairy goat. Neither of them had any idea how to milk her, so he watched a YouTube video for tips. I laughed with her, completely able to relate! I was glad she didn’t think I was just some ignorant city girl, you know?!
She brought out the milk stand, got the goat all situated on it, and showed me the ropes. I was thankful that she let me try my hand at it as well. It was a little tricky for me. If you don’t squeeze the top of the teat (where it meets the udder) tight enough, when you squeeze the rest of the teat to milk, instead of it squirting out it will go back up into the udder. I kept doing that, afraid to squeeze too hard. It’ll definitely take some practice!
The does are 5 yrs. old. Though we didn’t care much about papers, they are both registered, which means if we breed them with a full-blooded buck we could register the kids and sell them for more. The man gave us a tip that if we get the goats registered in our children’s names it’s only $10 as opposed to the $30 it would cost for us. That was good to know!
The does were bred with an Alpine buck. And Oh. My. Goodness! What a buck he was!! I’m totally kicking myself for not having brought my camera with me when we went to get the does, ’cause I’d give anything to show you guys this fella!!! (I may even go back just to snap a picture of him!!) He was HILARIOUS! He was light brown, and had the long, pointy beard, with a reddish tint to it. His hair though, his hair just cracked us up. He had a thick mop of long hair on top, which was in one big curl that hung forward, kinda like Elivs, or as my husband says, Lyle Lovett. I have seriously got to go back and take a picture of him for you!! Too funny!
Anyways, we are very excited to finally have some goats to milk. I’ve milked them twice so far on my own. But that’s another story!!
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