We are getting milk goats!!
Over the past few years our family has been milking a friends goats a few times a year. Well, they have offered us their goats and all the supplies!
These are pictures from this past spring; when the goats we are getting had these kids.
Our daughter, Artist, adores goats and owning them is part of her dream. She is the happiest, as you can see, when she is taking care of goats.
Who: Brie and Iris; these goats are Nubian and Alpine, one of each, they cycle about every 21 days and milk out about 1/2 gallon each, each day
What: Milking supplies; we will be getting, along with the goats, 2 stanchions, 2 milking buckets, filter and funnel, herbs including garlic for flies and kelp, jars for the milk, a non working chest freezer to hold the feed, mineral supplements, I think that may be it 🙂
When: Mid December; I believe we will be getting these goats after they are breed and that would be in about 21 days or 18 days if they short cycle
Where: Our Small Farm; our barn is now redesigned for goats and ducks combined and we have a fenced in acre that was for our sheep (which we no longer have)
How: ?? not sure yet how they are getting here, the owners will be helping in this part of the process as they transport the goats for breeding anyway
These goats kid (give birth) normally in the spring and will be kept with their kids for about 3 month before the kids are sold. The moms will continue to give lots of milk until they are breed again and by changing it up a bit and having the goats on different breeding schedules we are able to have milk throughout the year. We put them on a breeding schedule mainly because during the time after they kid the milk goes all to the new babies and only one goat gives us milk. We are a family of 8 and we go through a lot of milk.
The goats go through 1 bag of milk goat grain every 2 weeks or so, more in the winter here than in the summer. They also use about 1 square bale of hay every 2 days. We also will use coarser hay for bedding. This is going to add up to a lot of cash but with buying about a gallon of milk every day to day and a half; and milk costing around $5.00 a gallon it should even out.
Other costs: vet bills for vaccines, worming, etc; mineral and herb supplements; filter paper
Will update when there is more info.