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!”