Milking has officially recommenced

The white buckling with his brother jumping on him are SnowPea's little guys this year
The white buckling with his brother jumping on him are SnowPea’s little guys this year

SnowPea’s boys are amazingly cute, but they were more than ready to be weaned. I couldn’t milk their mama until they were, or gone. In the beginning when the babies are small, they don’t drink up all of their mother’s milk and I can get in there and get some uneven amounts. But once they are about a month old, there is no extra for us. So I had pretty much stopped doing any milking for the last 6 weeks.

SnowPea's boys were inseparable
SnowPea’s boys were inseparable

Yesterday the two boys went off to live in Jefferson to be weed control for a friend of ours. I am seriously hoping that it works out for them, so that late in the autumn they can go into the freezer for the winter. Many people euthanize bucklings as they are born. I just can’t really understand that practice, although we do goats on a very small scale and that makes a big difference. I may not make much money on our little bucks that probably won’t make the cut as breeders, but we try to set them up as feeder goats at the very least. It probably doesn’t make economic sense to keep them hanging around until they are butcher size, but if they don’t feed someone else, at least they go into our freezer.

I suspect that our receiving family may have had a noisy night last night. Their mama was calling loudly for her boys this morning, and she is still checking all corners to see where the they may be. But SnowPea is our best milker, and this morning she did not disappoint. I just wish we could get a doeling out of her someday. The only one she has ever had got tragically strangled in a feeder. We can hope again that next year she graces us with a female, but until then we shall certainly enjoy her milk.

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4 thoughts on “Milking has officially recommenced”

  1. After visiting C’s farmy this summer, I really wanted a cow for milk when we retire to Tennessee. My husband was alarmed at that thought, so now I am thinking goats. The thought of a smaller sized animal doesn’t seem to scare him as much. ha I have been doing some studying on goats. There is a lot to learn.

  2. Ah yes, and there are only two teats to milk, which makes things a lot simpler! And I can handle all of them by myself… My husband’s family were in the dairy business and he agreed to any farm animals except cows!

  3. Sorry to hear about the lost doeling!

    Goats for weed control, especially for the on-native invasive blackberry varieties, is popular out here. Could use some of our own here for the back lot, but can’t talk the better half into it.

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