Sunday, 31 August 2014
Pinkie has arrived
It was an early start this morning. We arrived at Rising Star Farm in North Tyneside at 7.30am to collect Pinke, our first milking goat. She is 4 years old golden guernsey and produces 2-3 litres of milk a day. We had her back to our goat paddock by 8.30am where she is to live with our two existing (and non-milking) goats Geraldine and Georgina.
Our fear all along was that our two existing goats would be aggressive towards Pinkie. It turned out that whilst there has been a bit of bullying, they have all settled down though Pinkie is sticking largely to one corner of the paddock.
Tonight, we milked Pinkie for the first time at our paddock. We had previously practiced milking her at the Rising Sun Farm. We got a great deal of milk from her but sadly, we lost quite a bit when Pinkie managed to kick over the jug into which we were milking her. In the end, we got 1.35 litres.
Immediately after milking her we brought the milk home and filtered it through a sieve lined with kitchen paper. We used the whole of it to make a rice pudding.