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Old 09-14-2012, 06:56 AM   #1
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Default How long does it take you to milk?

Some of the conversation we were having on another thread had me thinking and wondering, how long it takes others to milk their goats.

So, how long does it take, from getting to the barn, to finished cleaning up?

How many does are you milking?

Do you use a machine or milk by hand? How many do you milk at a time, and how many come in at a time?

What breed(s) do you milk, and what is the average amount of milk you get per doe?



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Old 09-14-2012, 09:26 AM   #2
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Start to finish: About an hour and 3/4 (includes putting out hay), less in the evening.
Milking 14, feeding out a total of 21, future milking max of 20.
Hand milking, setting up for a machine that milks 2 at a time. 2 sittings, 7 each time.
Toggenburgs, 4 - 5.5 Litres per doe per day.

I've done this for a season and found that it takes me as long to set out the food and organise the goats as it does to milk, so I'm building a platform that allows me to bring in 20 at a time (the 21st is a buck, so I'm not leaving one out!). I'm super curious about other methods and will look forward to other responses. What do you do Nancy?? And Vikki, I think I read in a previous post that you would rather trim feet then milk by hand ..... perhaps we could work something out?



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It takes me about 45 minutes to milk 5 goats by machine. Three are tied to the wall with a feed trough and two are up on stands. I don't milk as soon as they get in, giving the two on the stands time to eat so in that time I can feed the dogs, horses, or chickens. I dawdle in between, mixing more grain (I only put out small quantities at a time because they don't always eat the whole ration on the milkstand), and depending on who I'm milking (some take longer than others), I can get hay out to the feeders and bucks, as well.

Each doe is milking at least 4 lbs. and one up to 6 lbs (per milking). All are FF's.

But most of the time it takes longer because I like to take my time. Sip coffee and listen to NPR in the morning, have a cocktail, talk to my husband and listen to country in the evening.

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to feed and milk ...about 2 hours am and pm

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Morning chores take longer here than evening chores. Morning chores means feeding the bucks, (we grain and give hay). Waterers are automatic but are cleaned out daily. Dry stock is also fed once daily. The milkers have hay put out each morning. The actual milking takes about an hour - depending on how many we are milking.

When kids are born, that adds at least another hour - sometimes more.

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Just under 1 hour in the AM and 1 hour in the PM plus another 15-30 minutes at night to double check everything and observe the herd. We are milking 20, but also have a buck barn and 4 other pens of kids, drys or breeding pens that need to be checked and water filled up. This is "work time" though..no cocktails or drinks in hand or other distractions :-)

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30 min...only two hand milked Alpines, about 3/4 gallon per doe per milking. Includes feeding and filtering milk, though I'm feeding ten.

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Tim - kidding season defintetly takes longer here too.

Angela - you didn't say how many does you are milking - I bet it's quite a few more than I.

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Milked 12 this morning, by machine - hand stripping - cleaned up and back in the house in 35 minutes.

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Thanks Tracy..that makes my 1 hour time for 20 (and honestly sometimes I am a little faster plus this includes the time to walk down to the barn and back to the house) seem reasonable and right inline with your time per goat.



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