Saturday, May 11, 2013

Milking Woes

Hi, it's Celia again!

Mom and I started milking my goat, Mali, about two weeks ago. Except for having to get up early, it's going pretty well. Mali is learning to hop right up on the milking stand. We bribe her with food to get her to stick her head through the stanchion (that's the thingy that keeps her head in place so she can't move around too much). Mali is a lot like my brothers that way--they'll do things for food, too.

But today Mali was feeling a little ornery. She's a Nubian goat and Nubians are known for two things: making milk high in fat (they're called the Jersey cow of goats) and being stubborn. And today she was being stubborn. She was wiggling all over, and don't you know she stuck her foot right in the milk! That is bad news, because all of the milk needed to be thrown away, and the pot (I mean sauce pan) had to get re-sanitized, all while Mali had her head stuck in the stanchion. So to keep her calm I fed her raisins. They are one of her favorites.

Here's Mali getting a "hug" from her doeling, Babybel. Happy Mother's Day!


  1. Growing up we had a Nubian goat named, of course, Nubie.