Since I intend to sell Nutmeg as a milk goat once her kids are weaned I needed to train her to the milk stand. I had intended to start separating the kids at night and milking her in the morning when the kids were two weeks old but life wasn’t cooperating with my plans. The kids will be three weeks old tomorrow and I finally hauled a dog crate out so that I could crate the kids at night and milk Nutmeg in the morning.
So this morning, bright and early, I found a collar for Nutmeg and went out to collar her and bring her up to the deck to the milk stand. She wanted no part of being separated from her kids who were still crated in the lambing jug next to Nutmeg. (While they had quieted down and gone to sleep, Nutmeg had spent a good portion of the night bleating.) I finally managed to haul her up to the deck. However, once I put her on the milk stand she acted like she had been doing this all her life.
She stood quietly – not moving her feet or kicking. In fact, once I finished and released her from the stand she didn’t want to get off.
As Nutmeg is still nursing, I didn’t completely strip her out. Even so, she gave me a very respectable 1 lb, 6 ounces of creamy milk (a gallon is 8 lbs and a quart is 2 lbs).
I had been worried that her teats, which face forward instead of down, would be an issue. She has lovely large teats which were very easy to milk. While the reason forward facing teats are discouraged is that it is supposedly harder to strip the udder, I won’t be able to determine that until after she stops nursing and I start to strip her. However, since as her udder empties, the teats start to face down this may not be a problem. If she continues as she started, Nutmeg is going to be a very easy goat to milk and will produce a very decent amount of milk for a first freshener. Handled properly I can see her giving her mother a run for her money by the time she is on her third freshening. I may reconsider my intent to sell her.