Now that the kids are here, it also means the milk is here! A healthy Nigerian Dwarf can produce up to two quarts of milk a day or more. Their milk is best known for having the highest butterfat content of the dairy goat breeds. The butterfat content can range anywhere from 5%-10% whereas the larger breeds usually range from 3% to 6%. The high butterfat gives the milk a creamier taste and is excellent for making cheese and ice cream. Having milk on a regular basis was one of the most exciting things about having goats. For the last few months I have been investing in Cheese Making Kits with the hopes of making my own ricotta, mozzarella and other tasty cheeses out of the extra milk.
After the kids had their fair share of colostrum we started noticing that the kids were favoring one teat over the other resulting in one side of the udder larger than the other. After reading a few forums on the subject of uneven udders we realized we needed to milk out the not-so-popular side. Since we were itching to try our hand at milking for the very first time we were more than happy to help EB out. Luckily EB was extremely patient with our novice milk hands and she stood pretty still, as long as her babies were in view. It took a while getting used to the small size of EB’s teats (one of the drawbacks of having Nigerian Dwarfs). However, we eventually got the hang of it and were able to get a cup out of EB before she got antsy and wanted to get back to her babies. Here is a video of Ross’ first day of milking. He caught on really quick and I have not doubt he will soon be a master milker 🙂