The Dairy Project

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

Dara trying to eat my hat
Dara trying to eat my hat

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.

Walking to the Barn 5:30am (April in Vermont)
Walking to the Barn 5:30am
(April in Vermont)
Milking Salina
Milking Salina

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.

Straining the milk into Jars
Straining the milk into Jars
Milk in the Fridg
Milk in the Fridge
Prepping the Nipple bucket for the kids
Prepping the Nipple bucket for the kids
All the baby goats drinking from the nipple bucket.
All the baby goats drinking from the nipple bucket.

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