We milked all four of the moms this afternoon and got almost six quarts of milk! That is a lot considering that one is nursing a two month old and two of the other goats each have one baby with them. The goats only give a lot when they have just freshened, as the spring/summer goes on they will give less. If the moms and babes were separated we would really have a fridge full. We only use about a quart a day so the Dad will have to start making cheese. Any leftovers we feed to the chickens, cats, dog and the two little goats we are bottle feeding.
After the goats are milked, the milk is brought into the house, strained, put in quart jars and place in cold water to cool it as fast as possible. We put ice packs in the water to get the temp of the milk down faster. It sits in the cold water for about half an hour and then we cap the jars and put it in the fridge. It stays good for about a week.