Back to the Milking Bench
From Ann Marie Titsworth, Lot #2
After a nearly one-year hiatus from goat milk, our homestead will soon be producing creamy chèvre, fresh yogurt, and occasionally our luxurious goat milk soap. Chuti, our very first goat and oldest doe, gave birth to a shy, white billy on July 3rd. At three and a half weeks old, he is now nibbling on hay and growing more sure of himself, sometimes venturing several meters from mom for brief periods. He’ll need a few more weeks of nursing and then will be ready to go to his next home, since he is related to all of our females.
Milking Chuti will become one of my daily chores, along with straining and storing the milk, followed by cleaning and bleaching the pail, utensils, and rags I use. The process is one of my more time-demanding chores but the reward of that pail of milk is worth the trouble. Homemade chèvre is a special treat that becomes common on our plates. We mix Bees for Trees honey into our homemade yogurt to make breakfast. While the soap requires more effort and delayed enjoyment, the result is a rich bar that lasts much longer than a store-bought version.
Early next year, I hope to be milking Chuti’s twin does, as well. They are currently at a nearby farm, spending quality time with the buck. With three does to milk my mornings will be full! And my milking pail, too.