Faith Family and Feathers

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What does a girl gotta do to get a little milk around here!

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Back in March we purchased a nubian doe and her two babies from a livestock auction.  After having her for about a month and researching endless websites on milking goats I decided it was time for me to milk her.  My handy 20 yr old son made me a brand new goat milking stand and so I figured I was in business!  I had read of plenty of people who got milk from their goats while still sharing with the babies so I firgured I could do it too.  After milking for about a week and getting less than 1 c of milk at each milking I decided something had to be done.  Either I was out of the miling business before I started or I needed to do something about those babies.  I don’t have the space yet to separate them so I went in search of some kind of cover to put on Gretta’s (that my goats name) udder to keep her babies (Star and Sparkle) off her so I can get some milk.  Here we are in June and I’m still fighting with the babies for the milk.  The babies are now 5 months old and shoud be weaned anyway.  One of the babies (Sparkle) has been weaned either by herself or by her mother I’m not sure but Star is still goobling up as much milk as her mother can produce and Gretta lets her!  I couldn’t find any ideas online to keep those babies off their mother so I went to my sewing machine to try to wip something up.  Here is what we have gone to calling the “Udder Cover”.  I’ve had to make various modifications since it was first designed and once I’m sure it is “kid” proof I will make one that is a little “prettier”  but so far it’s staying on. 

The silver grey “shocked” looking goat on the left is the little milk thief Star.  I think she’s saying “This is NOT over!”

Author: faithfamilyandfeathers

Hi everyone. My name is Brenda. I am 41 and live in South Dakota with my 4 children (19, 17, 12 boys & 6 finally a girl!) and my husband. We have been married for 20 years and lived in the country for the last 16 years. My husband owns a road contrating business and I quit my job as an accountant 10 years ago to manage the bookkeeping side of his business and to spend more time with my family. We raise chickens and turkeys and just added ducks, bunnies and nubian milk goats (I love them!) the kids, the bunnies will be in (or near) their baskets on Easter morning.) I like about anything that makes us more self sufficient. I beliving in making as much of my families food from scratch as possible to control what goes into it. I try to reuse things as much a possible to reduce waste. With my last child I discovered the ease of cloth diapers and fell in love. I made all of her diapers and now give cloth diapers to all my friends having babies. I like crafting in general. Sewing, crochet, needle point, and recently I learned the art of soap making (love it). My husband and I both enjoy home improvement and remodeling. HGTV is my favorite TV station. I keep a nice size garden and like to freeze and can good things to enjoy all winter long. This year I'm planting sugar beets and will try to make my own sugar (without all the chemicles). My husband is a hunter so we enjoy making jerkey from the venison he gets. I'm active in our community by helping in the school and leading Bible study at church. I just love people and love to talk. I hope you enjoy this site and find many great tidbits related to faith, family or feathers. God Bless, Brenda

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