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D&E_Creamery

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Hey! New to Goats over here! I was just given a Kiko/Nubian doe. I'm looking to purchase several more goats this spring with the intent of creating a small dairy for family and friend use. Raw milk sales are illegal in the state where I reside and pasteurized milk must be inspected even when being sold directly to the consumer. (TN) I can't wait to hear and read and absorb all your experience.
 

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Hey! New to Goats over here! I was just given a Kiko/Nubian doe. I'm looking to purchase several more goats this spring with the intent of creating a small dairy for family and friend use. Raw milk sales are illegal in the state where I reside and pasteurized milk must be inspected even when being sold directly to the consumer. (TN) I can't wait to hear and read and absorb all your experience.
I’m more on meat goat side but I’m also very experienced with dairy goats!
 

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Welcome. Fresh goat milk can be delish. My girls are generous producers!

I assume you have not milked or raised milk goats before. Several here on forum with milk goats. I have 20 Saanen and SaanenXNubian does. Most trained milkers, about 7 first fresheners this year....so training will be busy here this summer. There are safety and health things to know. There are quirky doe things to know, to make it a fun chore.

You say you will be buying this Spring, intending to milk. I suggest you look for a trained milking doe, in milk. Buy from a farm that will let you milk before you buy and who will help you that first time, at their farm, to milk! You don't want to get home with a doe needing milked and you can't accomplish that!!! You don't want the first goat you try to milk to be one that has never been milked. I say this because with both of you untrained, it will not be a smooth experience. 😁
 

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Welcome. Fresh goat milk can be delish. My girls are generous producers!

I assume you have not milked or raised milk goats before. Several here on forum with milk goats. I have 20 Saanen and SaanenXNubian does. Most trained milkers, about 7 first fresheners this year....so training will be busy here this summer. There are safety and health things to know. There are quirky doe things to know, to make it a fun chore.

You say you will be buying this Spring, intending to milk. I suggest you look for a trained milking doe, in milk. Buy from a farm that will let you milk before you buy and who will help you that first time, at their farm, to milk! You don't want to get home with a doe needing milked and you can't accomplish that!!! You don't want the first goat you try to milk to be one that has never been milked. I say this because with both of you untrained, it will not be a smooth experience. 😁
Thank you! I will do that! I hadn't thought of asking to milk the goat first as a test. That's a great idea!
 
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