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Date:March 21st, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
you could have asked!
I take good care of my critters...but we have the dial set to frugal around here. The main things I use are dixie cups (that is my strip cups), a container to milk in (for us it is a plastic measuring cup) when the cup has a decent amount of milk we pour it into our milk pail (that is stainless steel). So what is in the pail is safe from hooves and hair. Bring it in and strain it in to quart jars (I have a mini strainer - it takes a little time but works well)
I use diluted hibiclens for cleaning the udder (and washable rags - I used to use papertowels and baby wipes - but I went through a LOT) I bought a pack of 18 white rags and have a bucket in the milk shed for the clean and dirty ones - when the dirty one is full they all get washed. I spray with the Hibiclens afterwards too. and that is it.

Oh and for light those little battery operated light bulbs that stick to the wall!
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Date:March 22nd, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
Hon, we got into goats before I "knew" you! :lol:

I thought about the battery operated lights, but don't think they'd light up the room enough, unless we bought 6 or more. (It's a 10 x 10 room....3 milk stands (eventually), and the feed. The oil lantern was $15.....and it'll burn olive oil if I run out of lamp oil. It's supposed to self-extinguish when it tips over, so fire isn't too much of a concern :ha!:

I love my mini-strainer! Should have bought it sooner - live and learn! I just couldn't justify the added expense for the larger one.

How do you track each goat's production? A measuring cup would fill up too fast for us - Annie is giving me about 1.75 pounds *each* milking right now. Yesterday AM she gave me *2* pounds +....in about 10 minutes. She's going to be a dandy milker, I think. :grin:

QUESTION : What do you have in your goat medicine cabinet? I have iodine and horse medications......I know I need some specific to goats, but can't find any really concise lists of *must have* meds. Our breeder friend doesn't use much of anything, so she's not a lot of help (she's into more natural ways, which I admire, but I prefer something more.......controlled.)

Right now, we have the means to throw money at stuff - but that's not going to keep up, especially with the rampant hyper-inflation I expect to hit pretty soon. I'm trying to get in everything we need, so that we have it to hand when SHTF - or have frugal ways in place. I think the people are taken care of - it's animal feed I'm worried about. :sigh: I only have the room to store so much......and I'm not sure what to do about it.
Date:March 22nd, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
I will put together a goat post for you right after I get in from milking.
I do not measure each goats milk every day. I know when a girl isn't feeling well and it is reflected in her production. My measuring cup that I measure into is a plastic quart measuring cup. my old was was a huge measuring cup - like this one :
except it was plastic. So I just milk and see what it says - If it gets full I pour it into a jar and continue.
But...you have to undertand that I am whatever the opposite of nit-picky is. My husband is all about precision and perfection and I am a....little less so.
I worry about the feed too.
Goats should be okay though,I mean look at where the bedouin live! our goats will eat joshua trees! you can go out and hack off a couple of tree branches - (just not fruit trees-many are poisonous to goats) Goats LOVE branches! Chickens and goats can forage well.
That is one of the reasons I let the horse go. I can not feed a horse in an emergency situation. Dogs and cats can eat squirrel and rabbit.
I need to milk but then I will be posting too, I have a couple of things I need to put up. besides I am very curious what anna has going on....
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