How to Milk a Goat *VIDEO*

I’m excited to post my first video today!

Many of you already follow the Goat 101 series here at The Prairie Homestead. We talked about milking schedules, equipment, and goats vs. cows, to name just a few topics.

One subject I had yet to cover was actually how to go about extracting milk from the teat. So, rather than try to take a million pictures of the process, I decided to video it instead. It’s very simple, and not near as intimidating as you might think!

If you are interested in my actual milking routine, I have a post highlighting the ENTIRE process (rather than just the extraction part). I didn’t cover that in this video, but look for another one on that topic coming soon!

A big thanks to Cinnamon the goat, who actually stood patiently today. 😉

Can’t get enough goat? Check out these other posts:

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  1. says

    Great video! You [and Cinnamon] did a great job demonstrating how simple it is to milk a goat. Cinnamon seemed to have a lot to say about the subject too. 😉

    I’ll definitely check out your “But Isn’t Goat’s Milk Disgusting?” post as I hope to have goats or cows sometime in the next 24 months. I’ve never tasted goat’s milk before, and I’m a little hesitant. I accidentally drank sheep’s milk as a kid – did not enjoy that experience. I’m sure goat’s milk is YUMMY though.

    Wonderful video. I’m sure I’ll be referring back to it in the future.

    • Jill says

      Thanks Miss Holly! :)
      Never tried sheep’s milk- but I am curious about it. Yes, I was proud of Cinnamon. She didn’t even try to put a foot in the bucket! :)

  2. says

    What a wonderful post! I have never drank goats milk before, but am interested in trying it.

    Goats are also something I’m researching getting into in the future (when we have the land to allow it).

    Very excited to go through your Goat 101 Series.

    • Jill says

      How wonderful that you are looking to add goats to your future plans. So glad you are enjoying the series! :)

  3. says

    I’ve love to watch your video, but I don’t see a link for it. Many links for your other goat posts (which were excellent, BTW), but no video link. What am I missing? Thanks.

    • Jill says

      I think it might be your browser- haven’t had anyone else report problems. The video should show up at the top of the post. Hope it will work for you eventually!!

  4. says

    Shucks! I’m missing the video, too! Is it a youtube video? We could just go there and search for the name?

  5. Jill says

    It should be fixed now everyone! For some reason, the link in the post just completely dissapeared!

  6. says

    Sorry for multiple posts, but great video! We are planning to get Nubians within the month. Of course, we won’t have milk until they kid next spring. I’m reading everything I can get my hands on, and your 101 series is great. Thanks!

  7. says

    I couldn’t see the video for some reason the other day, but today it is working–yay! I’m getting ready to purchase a Nubian doe next year (working on fencing and a barn right now). We have one adopted Nubian, but she is sterile. I’m learning basic goat care while helping get her back to health. She’ll be a pasture buddy for the goat I get later. I’ll be referring back to your series often. Thanks for all the info! :)

    • Jill says

      So happy that you are enjoying the blog. :) And glad that the video is working for you now, too.

  8. says

    I had the change to try milking a goat at the State Fair and yep, I did it wrong. Pulling sure didn’t work and just angered the goat! But, I learned how to do the waterfall finger motion that you showed and it worked much better. I’m sure the goat I was with appreciated their nice owner’s suggestion that I stop pulling – lol!
    ~ Dana

  9. leslie says

    Hey Jill, i just wanted to say thank you for this video! i have a LaMancha who recently had her first kid! i am so new to the goat thing. this will be my first time milking and her first time getting milked. we shall see how this goes! i had just started my new homestead this year. i just finished my HUGE chicken coop, and we actually did something very different with the outdoor area (we used PVC pipe for the structure) works great with the Wyoming wind! many more projects on the way, i had to start from scratch. but thank you for all of your help. i am so glad i found your homestead link!

    • Jill says

      You are welcome Leslie! And congrats on finishing your coop. I know all too well how difficult those Wyoming winds can be. I’m glad you found me, too. :)

  10. Kairi says

    I am loving all of your goaty information! I would love goats, we drink goat’s milk and I just learned how to make cheese…but we have to be satisfied with ducks in our urban homestead!Hopefully this story doesn’t weird anyone out…I am pretty sure your readers are pretty earthy, though. :) I got to milk a goat at the state fair last year, and was really surprised! I nursed babies for a total of four years, and was kind of startled by a few things on the goat- it never occurred to me a boob feels like a boob, we were both mammals and it felt just the same, just a little furry! It was a very comforting thought! I knew how this goat felt! After that, it was just like hand-expressing milk and it was really funny to me that I knew just how to to do it and even though I had never milked an animal before, it was a very familiar and comfortable feeling. I just milked her the same way I would express milk into a cup for a baby. (I hated the pump and called it my milking machine, lol!) It was a pretty powerful moment and I felt very connected to the mama goat.

  11. Ellie Hale says

    We just purchased our first French Alpine goat and baby two weeks ago. Your video and goats 101 was so helpful! Thank you! And keep up the great blog Jill. I’ll be following more tips of yours as the days progress! May the Lord bless you!


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