Step 1. Get up nice and early (and try not be a witch) because that is when the milking is done (and if you ever breast feed your babies you KNOW what is like to have milk building in the breast and not being able to feed... PAINFUL...same for a goat) and the rooster crows anyway!
Step 2. Get out the milking pail and clean cloth (without running your half sleeping self into the chair one of your children left in the way..... thanks again guys!)
Step 3. Get grain and goat to cooperate and get on milking stand while keeping baby goat away and in the pen.
(and though MOST mornings Ali makes this a simple task there are some when it seems like I actually have to pick up said 105 lb goat and put her on there while keeping baby goat (Zoie) back with one foot... I truly think this would make an entertaining video someday.... perhaps I can talk someone into getting up and taping it for you all... DOUBTFUL but I could try )
and lock in her head.
Step 4. Wipe down milk bag, underside and get stared at by goat who is not happy with you messing with her underside while she is trying to eat her breakfast.... ok I can't really blame her, after all who wants a morning bath while trying to eat?
Step 5. MILK.... this is the simple task of now pulling on teats and getting the milk to come out. One teat then the other, over and over and over again and over again!
Step 6. Bring in milk and set up jar, funnel and filter said milk (no one wants a stray Ali hair in their cereal!)
Step 7. Clean and sanitize all items used and prepare to do it again tomorrow. (I only milk once a day now so baby goat can get what she needs)
So that is the morning process and the REWARD when I started this adventure....
But am I one to just give up, admit defeat or that I was
wrong still had more to learn???
So day after day, new trick after new trick and this is now my reward...
Yep that is right from this to this!
So do I now admit this was much harder then I EVER imagined it would be, that early mornings aren't really my thing.... MAYBE..(to myself) but in the mean time I am going to brag just a little about me and my milking bad self! Well of course my girl as well, my sweet patient girl.... she knew WE could do this all along...