Handmilking goat milk
Photo by Thomas Kirchen
ilking by hand is hard on the hands, especially if you have arthritis. It can also be a dirty and time-consuming job. Having a milker makes the entire process much simpler and faster.

Milking Must-Haves

• A milking stand. It gets the goat up off the ground where she can easily be milked.

• A milker of some type. This is a must for me, but milking by hand can easily be done.

• A stainless steel milking pail.

• A stainless milk strainer to ensure the milk can be cleaned.

• A strip cup to strip milk out of the teats. 

• Glass milk storage containers.

• Double boiler for pasteurizing.

Storing Goats Milk
A goat or two can eliminate the need to buy milk at the store. Sterile glass jars keep it clean and cold.

Goat Milk Benefits

A cow will produce over 10 gallons of milk a day, which makes milking one cow impractical for most backyard farmers. One goat, on the other hand, will produce between half a gallon and a gallon and a half per day. This is just the right amount for the average family. Of course, this number may vary based on the breed of goat you have, the quality of food and how many times a day you milk. Here are some more bullet points to add to the plus column:

• Goat milk is easier to digest than a cow’s milk.

• Goat milk contains far less allergens than cow’s milk, so people who are allergic to cow’s milk can often drink goat’s milk.

• Goat milk is naturally homogenized, which some say is much healthier for the human body than mechanically homogenized cow’s milk. 

This article originally published in THE NEW PIONEER® Fall 2014 issue. Print and Digital Subscriptions to THE NEW PIONEER magazine are available here

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