Why have I waited so long? Last year I had so many in milk I didn't need to milk her, she was a first freshener, and she kidded early with a single. I don't like to separate kids at night unless they have a "buddy" to sleep with, and Treasure's single buckling would have been alone. So I waited until there were more kids and then I was overwhelmed with the loss of the goat barn roof and other crazy things. I only milked the does who'd lost their kids - it was a bad year.
This year, she kidded in late June, long after the other does kidded in March. Her single buckling "Blaze" was too little to put in with the older kids overnight, so she hadn't been milked this year either.
Until this week. Blaze is sold and will soon be leaving. He wasn't eating grain very well, and in an attempt to change that I started separating him from Treasure overnight. He's keeping his best friend Thorn company, then spending the day with Mom. This is working: he's eating grain and hay as well as getting used to being without his mama. Thorn is older and bigger, but is very easy-going and complacent with the younger, smaller Blaze.
Although now Blaze will cry when he leaves Thorn behind. They are BFF's. Well, Blaze thinks that Thorn is his BFF; Thorn doesn't really care all that much.
ANYWAY, that means I have to milk Treasure in the mornings before putting her back with Blaze - milking her for the very first time on the milkstand. The first two days were spent convincing her to get on the stand, but she's caught on to that now.
All I can say is WOW. I wish I had a herd of goats just like her. She's been absolutely wonderful, doesn't put up a fuss, and is physically the easiest-to-milk goat I've ever had! If you have goats of your own, you know that each one is different. Some are hard to milk because of the size or shape of their teats, or the texture of their udder.
Treasure is just about perfect. She has earned her place as my new best milker. Her doe kids are assured of a place in my herd.
Treasure's dam was Hope, one of my original goats. Her sire was Justice. There are only 3 Justice daughters in existence; Pansy was the fourth but she was dinner for a coyote at a friend's farm. Justice then died at a young age.
Hope had only two daughters. Eve is the second, and is a promising yearling. I am hoping that she will be as easy to milk as her half-sister. I'll know next spring after she kids.