Tuesday, June 21, 2011
And By Golly We Have Goat Milk
Micah picked up the newest addition today. She is a Mini Alpine and she is so sweet. Not the least bit shy, unlike the other goats when we first brought them home. We are continuing with our Irish name theme for the goats and calling her Aisling. By the time Micah got her home and rigged up the milk stand, it was dark and I had to put the kids to bed, even though they really wanted to stay up and watch us milk her.
Micah, if you can't already tell, is a freaking genius! A genius I say! He somehow managed to create our very own hand milker using a syringe (without the needle) and tubing. The whole contraption cost $25 and once we got Aisling up on the stand and eating grain, it took less than a minute to extract the milk. Not bad for our first time eh?
Okay, okay, it's not a a lot. I'm thinking she nursed her kid right before Micah picked her up? Maybe? But it's more goat milk than we had this morning. So for these two college kids who are new to farming, we're pretty happy with ourselves.
I just pasteurized the milk and we are letting it completely chill in the fridge before drinking it (because there's nothing worse than warm milk), BUT I must say I am so happy that we were able to get any milk from her at all.
I think this is a good step in our sustainable living quest. Now if I could just get rid of the snakes and mice, I'd be one happy camper.