I recently had the opportunity to visit my friend who works at North Coast Farms, and she let me milk a goat. I am by no means a goat expert, but here's a basic overview of the process. Anyone can milk a goat. The trick is getting one and keeping it healthy.
Milking a goat is incredibly simple, and you can do things like make goat cheese or yogurt. Goat's milk is lower in fat, higher in fatty acids, has more nutrients, less mucous-inducing properties, and no antibiotics. It's way better than cow's milk. You can also use goats to do your yard work.
1. Female goat : needing to be milked
2. Stainless Steel Apparatus
2b. milking pail
2c. Bucket & Lid
A platform made from 2x4's and plywood, with a stick bolted into the bottom and a piece of hardware to lock it in. A feed bucket is essential to placate the unruly beast. When it sticks its head into the bucket, slide the wooden gate closed to keep it on the platform for easy milking.
4. Farm kitties (not required)