Last year we began our dairy operation. It started with Hops, our escape goat.
Hops was a goat with few good qualities. (One, actually. She was so very quiet.)
For 2 weeks, Kendra tried to milk her. We had not repaired the barn the goats now live in, so Hops was milked outside, on the dirt. With no milking stand. And she was a kicker!
After 2 weeks of struggling with a stubborn goat, tied to a fence, kicking over the milk can in the mud, Kendra found out she was pregnant. And that was that. No more milking for the year.
Fast forward to this season. Now we have our beloved Yoyo. As her kidding approached, Kendra told me that she was beginning to get excited about milking again. Thats all I needed to hear. Work on the milk stand began!
I had tasted the good life that was fresh raw milk each morning and was not going to let this attempt be soiled… by milking on soil.
First, there is a materials list. I did a quick survey of what we already had in stock and made a list of what was left. Because of the timber harvest we did last year, we had plenty of wood lying around to build the stand with. Money saved!
My son and I began working together on the stand. A few late nights was all it took. The instructions Fiasco provides are excellent. Things were going so well, I even decided to treat myself to a new Dewalt Drill!
After construction was complete, we added a few personal touches to it. After doing some research I decided to paint it, (helps with sanitation) of course we choose Squash Yellow. And we added a nice custom cut rubber mat to the deck for Yoyo to stand on.
One and a half weeks to go till fresh raw milk arrives in the fridge. Can you tell I’m excited?