Chase enjoying her grain while Leah milks. Notice the milking stand? My Dad built it and did a wonderful job! It works perfectly. (And please pardon the background - we're milking in our shop for now until Dixie and her kids are moved out of the barn.
Learning how to milk came fairly quickly, though aim and speed could still use some improvement. :) We're also working with Chase to teach her to stand still on the milking stand after she finishes her grain. Once she's done eating, she's ready to go! But we're not quite ready for her to go. She did knock the milk bucket over once, but overall, she is doing much better than she had been. We do still need to be aware of her back legs, though, and sometimes have to stop milking for a bit for a brief 'training session.'
Not the most flattering photo, but at least you can see what she looks like
And the actual milking process? We love it. The milk? It's more delicious than we thought it would be. (And much better than store bought milk!)
All ready to be strained
And once it is done being strained, it goes into the
freezer for an hour or two to chill
Chase is giving a little over a half gallon a day, and I am hoping that before long (probably after we begin milking Dixie), we'll accumulate enough extra so that I can try making yogurt and mozzarella cheese. Those sounded like some of the easiest things to attempt first, and I am really looking forward to doing so!
So one more dream is now fulfilled . . . the Lord has blessed us so much these past few years. It's amazing to look back (or even look around our place) and see how the hard work and prayers have been answered in so many ways. He has been so good to us!
Linking up to the "Homestead Barn Hop"