Monday, June 8, 2015

Goats on the homestead

Brad picked up our goats yesterday. I've been really sick so his mom went with him to help out. You may remember when I first mentioned our goats back in this post. Once their kids were weaned, they were ready to go. We ended up cutting down the kids' tree house that they never really went into anymore (I have no idea why other than the mention of a copperhead snake or something to that matter. Frankly, I think their imaginations are just quite active.) 

Upon arriving home, it was obvious that they were ready to be milked. I'm still thanking God that my sister and her family were at my parents visiting for the evening. My brother-in-law, Matt, apparently used to milk goats in his teen years which came in quite handy yesterday. Let me just tell you, it doesn't matter how many YouTube videos you watch of someone else milking goats, there's nothing like having someone physically present, walking you through it.

My attempts to milk them were a total failure. Matt came up, and had those udders empty within ten minutes. I was impressed at this unknown, secret talent of his! Of course, he showed me how to do it, walked me through the hand motion and all that.

So this morning was the test. I was alone (besides the kids.) I walked outside and Candy saw me and immediately started bawling at me. It was like she was yelling at me to hurry up because she was about to burst. Surprisingly and, unlike yesterday, I tied her up and she stood still and let me milk her. At first, I couldn't get any milk to come down, but then it came. Whew. 

It took me about twenty minute to milk the two of them. And, of course, Candy had to step into the bowl of milk. Yeah, well, I'm just happy I relieved them of their swollen udders. The chickens and dog were happy too since they got to drink the milk. 

I'm learning, and my goal is to be able to actually drink/use their milk by next week. I need to pick up a proper milking pail and practice a bit more before I get all worried about saving their milk for us. They seem to be producing quite a bit. Jolene (the woman we got them from) said that she was getting about 1/2 - 3/4 gallon of milk per day from them combined. That's a lot of milk! 

On another note, oh please say a prayer for me. Our Bible school is this week, and I am still so sick with this head cold thing which I think may have now turned into a sinus infection. Not only do I direct Bible school, but I'm also the crazy gal who stands up front for forty-minutes acting all goofy and silly. That takes a lot of energy, and normally I have tons of fun doing it. But this week, oh boy. I feel like I'm really going to have to rely on God's strength and power to get it done!

But, hey, His power is made perfect in my weakness, right!?


Rachel E. said...

So excited for you! We get our goats in two weeks. I'm looking forward to it, but we have been busy with prep work. I've never milked a goat before. It will take a lot of discipline to get out in the morning to do it.

Jill said...

This post with all the pictures of the goats totally made me smile! I love goats!!! I hope to one day in the near future have some. It will be a wonderful experience for your children. I hope you are feeling better soon, get some rest!


My Garden Diaries said...

Praying for you that you feel better....I have a bit of that going on right now as well. And how fantastic are these shots with your goats!!! I love everything about this! And that is a lot of milk!!! Just so amazing! Wishing you wonderful things....and good health!!! Nicole xo