Sometimes you think all you need to start a mini farm in your backyard is to get a goat and you’re set. You have a goat, yes. You take care of it, yes. Can you now get some milk from it? Apparently, you need the right dairy equipment to do this. In fact, this is for your goat’s best interest more than yours because only with the proper dairy equipment will you be able to get your milk without compromising your goat.
What kind of dairy equipment do you need?
If you’re only just starting, one of the first things you need to get is something that can support your goat. Unlike cows, goats are short and very difficult to milk without using some sort of support. Milking them directly will be almost impossible. You should consider getting a sturdy stand where you can set your goat upon while milking it.
Getting it on top of the stand isn’t as difficult as we imagine it to be. All you have to do is tempt it with a bowl of grain or beet pulp, which should be on the stand to coax it to go up. Do this gently and from a distance.
A few other dairy equipment you must get are a dozen stainless steel pail and strainers. Stainless steel ones are the best when it comes to keeping your milking procedure hygienic, as plastic tends to be more prone to bacteria growth.
A strainer that will make use of disposable strainer pads is the best kind to get. With this, there is no need to replace your strainer often. Stainless steel containers for storing your milk are also essential.
Udder cleaner solutions are also a necessary buy. Bacteria from the udders can be cleaned and removed before they get mixed in with the flowing milk during milking. It is important to wipe before and after milking to prevent contamination. Always keep the milking area and adjacent areas clean too.
Finally, the biggest and probably the most expensive dairy equipment you will need is a milking machine, especially when you want to start doing this as a business. A good milking machine is the solution to manual milking, especially as commercial milking will require a lot of pulling that could strain your muscles.
This is a worthwhile investment because it will lead to more production of milk, and therefore bigger sales. You will pay off this initial investment in no time.