Skip to comments.Buying a Milk Goat? Things You Should Consider
Posted on 06/19/2013 6:52:08 AM PDT by stillafreemind
I just bought two milk goats, and I'm thrilled with them! Are you thinking of a similar purchase? If so, you may want to read up on goats and milking. This article is meant to help new goat owners by giving them an outline of sorts. Think long and hard before buying a goat, but enjoy them if you get one!
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I must say that I was skeptical about the whole deal. We read up on goats and milking, but still. The deal was..I would NOT milk nor take care of the goats. I would TRY the milk..but no promises of converting.
After 3 months..I must say I have changed my mind on the whole goat thing. The article was absolutely right..if ya don't want to commit..don't get the goats. That being said, I still don't milk the goats..but I do mess around with them..they make me laugh. I figure the girls need to learn responsibility and they love the goats so it all works out.
The thing is..the milk. Oh My Gosh. All I can say is..the milk was NOT what I was expecting. It is so good that I can't think about going back to store bought cow's milk. I also waited this long to tell ya all..because I wanted to make sure of the following...my gut has never felt better! I don't know what the heck the deal is..but my gut feels like it has healed or something. Since the goat milk is the only thing different in my diet..it certainly makes me wonder.
Anyway..I don't suppose that there are many who want to read this..yet I never figured myself as a person who would ever own a goat. Go figure.
When we had ours the wife made alot of cheese out of it. We enjoyed that along with the birth of kids every spring.
Well, I’m reading it; and I have no anticipation to get a goat, OR drink the milk. But, I am interested in your experience. So, thanks for posting.
I had friends in MN who kept goats as a small business for a number of years. They live in an underground house, and the goats grazed on the roof! They finally gave it up because the work got to be too much. They sold the milk and had a customer list to keep up on, etc.
I can see how the goats make you laugh. They are my favorite exhibits at the County Fair. Do you provide toys for them> Around here, goats want to climb, and a lot of the farmers put apparatus in their pens. They always go right to the top to gaze around.
The gals are toying with trying to make cheese. If it’s as good as the milk..wow I WILL be impressed and have to eat my earliest words about goats.
Neighbor dropped off some empty reels from the electric co-op.
They do love to climb..I’ve been surprised that they have stayed in so long without escaping. I didn’t realize how different they are from cows. Cows graze the grass..the goats WANT the weeds.
It has been some time since I’ve tried goat milk, but my recollection was it had a rather gamey taste, that didn’t taste quite so gamey if it was served very cold.
It’s been maybe 30 years, and I recall that back when cow milk was around a dollar a gallon, goat milk cost about the same — per quart.
I have no idea how the price relates today. Haven’t thought about it in a while.
I’m sure you know this, but don’t tie them out to graze. My neighbor had one and no fence. So, they tied him out on a long tether to graze amongst the trees. (This was when I lived in Washington State at the edge of 1000 acres of State Forest.) Feral dogs attacked the poor goat and killed him. He could not get away.
Did I mention that these neighbors were not the brightest bulbs in the box?
Did I mention that I have a soft spot for goats, even if I don’t want to raise one myself?
Your empty reels sound perfect. The farmers around here will nail together all kinds of scrap to make Rube Goldberg climbing structures for the goats. It’s fun to watch them. It’s probably the parents of the 4H kids who do this. Even the city kids will have a goat, or two, living at a nearby farm as a project for 4H. There are days that I wish that I were younger so that I could have a goat too.
What breed goat did you get? Do you have to let them get pregnant every so often to keep them as milk goats?
Have you sent their pictures to former President Bush? (Shameless “My Pet Goat” reference.)
Hey, this is interesting. Back to fresh basics:) I live in a city and can’t have a goat but I love reading this.
Goat cheese fresh in salads...lots of stuff to try.
Thanks for putting up.:)
Good info. We are thinking of getting two small dwarf nigerian goats sometime in the near future. I have to decide if I want to fool with milking them. How hard is it?
“Well, Im reading it; and I have no anticipation to get a goat, OR drink the milk”.
Goats stink, so people think the milk must also stink. It does not. It is already homogenized and tastes great! Very creamy. Babies who can’t tolerate cow milk often do well on goat milk.
People in 4-H often will raise a calf on goats milk as the calf will NOT develop scours the way they will on their cow milk.
I had heard about the goaty taste and/or smell. Well..again..before we bought them..we read about them. This same author had an article Good Tasting Goat Milk tips
We do what she suggested..strain it in to a glass half gallon jar and stick it in ice. A time or two it didn’t taste quite right..but the girls had doddled getting the milk into the ice bucket. Can’t believe what a difference it made.
I’m considering it. Have been occasionally taking care of my friend’s goat, who are adorable, clean, funny, and gentle. Very little mess or health issues compared to horses or cattle. But it is a headache being there twice a day to milk no matter what other issues one has in one’s life (broken car, late night at the office, being personally sick, kid problems, etc.) You HAVE to do it.
Also, to keep the milk going that goat is going to have to be bred and have a kid every once in awhile. The billy goats are a stinking mess. Breeding animals can be a joy or a real heartache and in any case is exhausting. One starts having more and more goats and more and more responsibility.
It’s also fun to learn how to use the goat milk to make cheeses and yogurt. These are delicious! So rewarding to make your own. But the goat milk itself smells nauseating in my opinion.
If you go to an arab forum to read about goats, you’ll get a completely new set of goat-judging criteria :).
>> Buying a Milk Goat? Things You Should Consider
It’s just a hunch, but one thing you should consider is that if you’re buying *a* goat and you want milk, you’re gonna want a *female* goat.
All kidding aside, I have seriously considered getting a few goats, for milk and meat and vegetation clean-up too. Did you know goats love poison ivy and can eat it without problems? I read that somewhere.
Thanks for the post!
We had an opportunity to buy Alpines. They are sooo funny and sooo loving, it was the right choice for us. Plus, their milk almost has a sweet taste to it.
One girl has twins on her now. The other one is being milked and has been for about a year and a half. Late this summer we will dry the one girl up, rest and breed her for kids in the spring. The momma goat will have the kids taken off and she will be the milk goat for a while.
Hey..I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I never dreamed it would all work out this good.
The girls didn’t have any trouble getting on to it. I suppose I will break down and learn..just so I can milk them if I HAVE to..lol.
We have a milk stand that the goats jump on to get milked. It has a head lock and they eat while they are getting milked. I think there is a picture or two in that first article I posted. The stand really makes a huge difference I think.
I have read that goats destroyed the environment in the middle east. They eat everything, even the roots.
Finished off the last of a block of goats milk cheddar last night. Need to buy another one today.
If the goat eats garlic..it can make the milk taste/smell cruddy. Other than that..the articles says there are only a couple of things that can make milk smell or taste bad. I’m telling ya..I was worried about all this stuff before we got ours.
The key, the second article says is getting the milk cold fast and making sure everything that touches the milk is spotlessly clean.
Oh..the milk girl we are milking now came here in milk. She was only getting milked once a day..in the late afternoon. We switched her to once a day in the morning. Works out great for us. Will put the other one on the same schedule when we start milking her.
Yep..it is a commitment, but that can be a good thing. Especially for kids.
>> We are thinking of getting two small dwarf nigerian goats sometime in the near future.
Whatever you do... DO NOT let Nigerian goats ANYWHERE NEAR your email account. They’ll get away with the scams for awhile, maybe even make you a small pile of dough... but pretty soon the Feds’ll catch up and they’ll be on you like a duck on a june-bug.
Well the MiddleEast is pretty barren isn’t it? I’ve never heard that .. so I really can’t say. I know these goats don’t eat very close to the ground, but these goats also get hay and they eat a little grain while on the stand.
Those goats are wonderful .. healthy looking!
You see the ruins of these huge towns, sitting right in the middle of a howling desert. Something must have gone wrong.
Goat eyes just creep me out.
I love goats. When I was a kid we lived out in the country and always had a couple of goats at a time. We had a momma named Snowball (she was pure white) that loved strawberry cola. My dad’s friend would always buy one before he came over, drink half and save the other half for Snowball. She also gave ‘kisses’.
We also had a baby Billy who we bottle fed when we got him. He ran with the dogs. We lived in the middle of an alfalfa field and I would go out and call the dogs and you could see only Billy as he jumped through the field coming toward you. He was following the dogs. He actually thought he was a dog. lol
Enjoy your goats! They are such fun.
the problem with milk goats like milk cows, there is no day off....milked every day. Other types of goats are not as demanding, but your right on doing some reading up and glad you got at least 2 or they are very insecure and become frightened easily being a prey animal.
The milk from my angoras was very sweet, they only have milk during kidding. Weaned at 3 months....
Let the “Nubian goats” photos and jokes begin. ;-)
Not all goats have to be milked every day like dairy goats...usually some only have milk for kids and then dry up...
Farmer/author Joel Salatin raises cows, pigs and chickens, but not goats because he says, “I don’t want to raise animals that are smarter than me.”
There are a few things they don't eat, wild mustard looks like affalfa but its bitter and they leave it alone also don't like the heads of timithe grass, but will eat it before it goes to seed...remove all burdock as in their second year they develope large burrs that can get in the goats hair....you have to cut it out, or the goats get pi$$ ed somewhat...
We tried raising goats back in the late 70’s when our kids were young. Husband built a goat milking stand and all. We had one large field where we had a pony and the goats-about 2 acres. Our problem was the goats would eat various weeds and plants and we could not get the consistency of taste right so the kids wanted to use it. But they are delightful and fun creatures.
Years ago I had a milk goat which I did have to milk twice a day. When fed good alfalfa hay and sweet grain the milk tasted rich and yummy, and LOTS of it. I strained the milk through large (commercial) size coffee filters which worked great. Yes, and the babies are fun to watch.
Goats will eat most anything..I speak from experience. :-)
One of the kids I coached brought home a goat as a 4H project. He went off to school the next day and when he came home he couldn’t find the goat.
His dad came back from his business trip that day and thinking the goat was the other white meat proceeded to butcher it. At dinner, the kid asked his dad if he saw his new 4H project.
The kid was traumatized but as I understand it the Cabrito was wonderful.
OK, it's not exactly gardening, but related.......
Different parts of the country have special needs....I was told to not feed it to horses....(didn't have any)
I read an article in Mother Earth News, about some people who made the milking a little more flexible by putting the kid in with the mother when they couldn’t be there to milk her. IIRC they had two milk goats which they bred six months apart so one was fresh while the other was going dry.
That is, if goats come into season more than one time a year. I’d like to try goats if we ever get that house in the country but there is the whole issue of what do you do with the kids? Sell the females as milkers, neuter the males and eat them when they’re six months old? I don’t keep kosher but “thou shalt not seethe the kid in its mother’s milk” makes sense - it would be such a betrayal of the mother.
Sex-sorted goat semen - high percentage of females - does it exist?
I think the milk tastes different depending on the breed - there are some very mild milks apparently. And having a billy around supposedly affects the milk. So no billies for me.
Do goats breed only one time a year?
Everything is spotlessly clean, and no the goats are not getting into garlic or weird herbs. It’s just a personal thing with me—I just don’t happen to like the smell and taste of goat milk. It’s too strong for me. But I love the cheese and yogurt.
I guess what I’m saying is..there is no strong or goat smell/taste to goats milk unless something isn’t done right.
Unless they have a Toggenburg..which I think naturally produces strong smelling/tasting milk.
Just be sensitive. Used to cow’s milk. To each his own.
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