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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.

In this Badge Bit you will milk a cow or goat.

Here are some nice videos on milking cows and goats.





To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - you must milk either a cow or goat
 - you must get at least one gallon of milk from a cow, or one quart from a goat

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
 - post a picture of you and an empty bucket beneath a cow or goat
 - post a picture of you milking the cow or goat
 - post a picture of you and the bucket full of the appropriate quantity of milk
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So if I'm only getting about a quart of milk at each milking of my goat, can I show 4 milkings? To add up to a gallon of milk?

All my other girls are pregnant but even when they are all in milk I only get about 3/4 of a gallon at each milking.

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Penny McLoughlin wrote:So if I'm only getting about a quart of milk at each milking of my goat, can I show 4 milkings? To add up to a gallon of milk?



I'm 95% sure Paul would go for that. But I'm not him. I suggest taking the pictures and posting them. That's what I did to get 5 gallons of flood scraps for the Ruth Stout composting
 
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I updated the requirements.
 
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Awesome,

Thanks
 
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Milking da goat.
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Empty bucket
Empty bucket
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With milk
With milk
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Half of a 1/2 gallon or 1 quart milk
Half of a 1/2 gallon or 1 quart milk
Staff note (paul wheaton) :

Penny, can we get an action photo?

 
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Milking a goat.
Geraldine-waiting-to-be-milked.jpg
Geraldine waiting to be milked
Geraldine waiting to be milked
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milking
milking
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7 quart bucket with milk in it
7 quart bucket with milk in it
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straining milk into empty bottles
straining milk into empty bottles
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bottles filled. 3 and a bit 680ml bottles, so more than a quart of delicious raw goat milk
bottles filled. 3 and a bit 680ml bottles, so more than a quart of delicious raw goat milk
Staff note (Nicole Alderman) :

I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete!!!

 
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Sorry, didn't see Paul's note about showing the milking until the new post came up.

I guess admin comments don't trigger a notification of new activity?

Anyway, here is a (not so great) picture of me squeezing milk out.

Thanks

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Milking
Milking
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I hereby certify this BB complete!

 
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Milking sweet Elli.
The nut bag really helps keep the initial dirt out of the milking pail. i seem to get the cleanest milk doing it this way. I have really done my best to not buy the paper milk disposable filters. After ive milked i than put it thru a similar sized mesh stainless steel tea strainer.
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Elli On the milking stand
Elli On the milking stand
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Action shot
Action shot
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Milk pail full
Milk pail full
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Milk Pail without the nut bag on it
Milk Pail without the nut bag on it
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1 Full Adams peanut butter Jar
1 Full Adams peanut butter Jar
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Another angle
Another angle
Staff note (Mike Barkley) :

This BB is certified as complete!!!

Staff note (Mike Barkley) :

This BB is certified as complete!!!

 
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Milking the cow
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empty bucket
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milking machine at work
milking machine at work
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clean milk
clean milk
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I hereby certify this BB complete along with your new air badge in Animal Care!

 
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This is Miracle. She's going to help me earn this badge bit.

'Will cooperate for grain.'

Milking bucket at the ready.

Milking Miracle

Yield was a quart plus.
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I hereby certify this badge bit as complete!

 
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