Six months ago I got a Henry Milker goat milking system for my birthday.  I did an article about the milker and about how pleased I was with it.  Not only was I pleased with the milker but it was because of the Henry Milker that my special needs son, Jonathan, was able to milk the goats for the first time. 

Maternity leave for goats?  Are you kidding?  No I am not kidding.  Goats should get maternity leave.  If you care for the health of your goats then they should.  If you care for the quality of the milk you  are getting from your goats then they should.

I know this article is under raising goats but you can apply this article to your other homestead animal also.  I also want to say that there records I am recommending you keep are for your personal use and that that of any agency - Local, State or Federal.  Your records can be as formal or informal as you like.  I have seen some people keep computer spreadsheets while I, on the other hand, keep just a simple hand-written notebook.

When I was doing all my research into getting chickens and goats I read a lot about keeping records on your animals.  I really did not pay much attention to this recommendation because it just didn't seem that important.  Of course that was before I actually had the animals.........

Our two does, Buckets and Tsarina, were born June 1, 2009.  We bred them the first time in April of 2010.  We knew only what we had read about breeding so we were kind of winging it.  We want you to know a little more than we did.


I never thought I would be a person who would use a milking machine but it became a necessity at one point.  I started searching for a goat milking machine that wouldn't cost an arm and a leg because, like most homesteaders, we have limited resources.