It has been a year since I bought and sold Salina, a sable Saanen Alpine cross doe. She came form The Beekman 1802 farm in New York State. Along with two other goats, they were to be a project conducted by myself and two other students. We had a very rough set up for milking our goats, but we made it work. The goats were milked on top of a turned over water troth, without a head stand. We had a leash tied to a post, where they were secured and we gave them a bucket full of second cut hay to eat while we milked them.
Photos by Ileana Montalvo form Loisaida Nest
No head stall, meant that Dara would try and eat your hair, or if she wa feeling nice give you kisses.
Milking started at 5:30 or 6:30am. If we were early enough we could miss running into students doing farm chores. As a two person team, we would take turns milking, I would do one day and T would do the other.
After milking the goats, we would walk with the buckets of milk to Houston House. This is one of the dorms at Sterling College that used to be a bed and breakfast, so they have a walk-in fridge and a sink system that makes it easy to clean buckets.