My Goat Milking & Milk Handling Procedure

Land of Havilah Udder Wash/Teat Dip Recipe

20 drops of Lavender essential oil
20 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops Tea Tree essential oil
1 teaspoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil (to help disperse the essential oils)
l6 oz. Apple Cider Vinegar (raw and unfiltered)
16 oz. Cayenne/Comfrey Infusion (homemade, instructions below)

As an alternative, consider using Protective Blend instead of the single oils mentioned above.

Put all into a 1 quart size spray bottle.  Shake well before each use.

Cayenne/Comfrey Infusion

1 TBSP Cayenne Pepper powder 40,000 hu (Scoville heat units)
1 TBSP Comfrey Root powder
16 oz of boiling water

Put Cayenne Pepper powder & Comfrey root powder in canning jar.  Pour boiling water over it (like a tea), lid it and let it steep for at least 30 minutes).  Filter this through a piece of paper towel (since it is NOT being ingested, only sprayed on the udder) and then proceed to use the filtered infusion in the udder wash recipe given above.

Staph/Skin Ailments.  When fighting Staph or a skin ailment, I like to make up this recipe for LOH Udder Wash/Teat Dip using Dr. Christopher’s X-Ceptic Formula instead of the Cayenne/Comfrey (they are also in the X-Ceptic Formula).  See our DIY X-Ceptic Formula page if you would like to make this mix.  BTW, DO NOT put salve on staph, it spreads like crazy – ask me how I know…  😉

Sources to buy single herbs to make these recipes:  Land of Havilah Herbals.  I can provide you with access to excellent quality single herbs to use in this formula, I also have the premixed Dr. Christopher’s formulas available, plus essential oils, capsules, extracts/tinctures, and much, much more.  Click here to go to my online store.

My Goat Milking & Milk Handling Procedure:

Before I begin I will broach a subject that seems to be a hot-button issue for some people. Whether or not to wash the mammary (udder) before milking. For me, this is a no-brainer. I wouldn’t go out and pet my goats and then come in the house and prepare a meal or eat a sandwich or a bowl of cereal without washing my hands first. In fact, when I come back into the house the first thing I normally do is wash my hands. I personally feel that it is exceptionally important to wash the udder and teats before you milk, this is sanitary. Others have the opposite opinion, but this is mine. 🙂

I bought a milking machine, but the following is the procedure I used for hand milking. I still do most of these things, but I don’t use a bucket, etc. anymore. I’ll put a note in red text on the things I still do for machine milking below.

1. Get all equipment out of dishwasher and make sure dishwasher did it’s job 🙂 I still use the dishwasher for my machine milking bucket, strip cup, and all the glass (Ball brand) jars that I put the milk into.

2. Get 2 wash cloths to wash udder (1 for each doe), my spray bottle mentioned above, and 1 clean empty baby food jar. Still, but I have a Strip Cup now.

3. Get “bottom bucket” and fill ½ way up with ice – I place the milking bucket in this while milking. This gets the milk chilling as I am milking. My own invention????? Still – however, I use ice water instead of just ice, and under the machine milking bucket instead of sitting under the doe.

4. Get 2 “½ gallon size” glass jars ready to receive the milk. Place funnel and strainer & filter in top of one of the jars – ready to filter when I am. I figured out a way to place the filter directing into one of my milk lines , so I can skip this step now! 😀

5. Go get doe. Still 😉 I bring in 2 at a time now, which saves lots of time.

6. Tether doe to wall, brush coat to remove any debris. Still, but I have a homemade milk stand (that I bought from a friend) with a stanchion now.

7. Wash udder by spraying entire udder – making sure to get the tummy above the milk bucket as well. Wipe off with the washcloth. I still do this, most people with a milking machine only wash the teats though.

8. Repeat the procedure in #8, but use the other side of the washcloth to wipe her off this time. Be sure to get the teat orifice area well sprayed and wiped off. Still.

9. Get the baby food jar and put the first squirt or two from each teat into this cup and discard it later. If there is any bacteria, it was in the first squirt of milk. This is a practice that Grade A dairies use. I still do this, but instead of the baby food jar, I squirt it into the milk I use for my older bottle babies – I weaned them from their momma, but still give them a daily bottle till they are at least 3 months old.

10. Give the doe her grain. Still.

11. Start milking as quickly as possible so as to finish before they finish their meal. Can be interesting after they are done and bored – so milk fast! I don’t have to think about this anymore – yay!

12. Empty the milk bucket, using the funnel and strainer I set in the glass jar before. My milk machine filters the milk as I milk, so I get to skip this step.

13. Place jar of milk into ice water sitting ready in the refrigerator. This will chill very quickly to 40 degrees. I have the fridge temp set to 34 degrees. Cold milk = yummy milk. Still.

14. Spray doe’s teats with my homemade Land of Havilah Udder Spray/Teat Wash (above) to prevent bacteria entering the teat. Still.

NOTE: Some goat owners keep their buck with their milkers. This will make the girls smell bad cause the buck is in direct contact with them (he brushes against them, etc) and it may make the milk in their udder stink and taste NASTY! (Pretty potent guy.)  Especially if the buck is in rut – yes, like a deer.  Here at our farm, the buck is kept in his own pasture and stall, so there is no possibility my buck causing nasty, stinky milk here!  YUCK!  Still.