I posted a week or so ago about being in search of a doe in milk, and I'm happy to say she's here! We now have a sweet Alpine named Millie and her 2 month old daughter that we've decided to call Daisy. Now to the questions. I just got in from milking for my very first time. All in all I'd say it went pretty well, got about 1 1/2 qts from her and she only tried to put her foot in the milk once and I moved it in time. Hand milking wasn't as hard as I expected it to be. The books say that you should milk from the side but I can't figure out the best way to arrange things to do that. Right now I'm using a stainless steel stock pot in lieu of a proper pail (maybe gonna switch to something smaller tomorrow - suggestions welcome). I couldn't find a good place to put the pot where she wouldn't step in it so I set it just behind her back legs and milked from the rear sitting on the edge of the stand. How should I be arranging bucket/goat/me? We are milking on a milk stand dh built from plans we found online. It is plenty large as he made it a little bigger than what the specifications said. Next question - filtering. We have some 4 1/2 inch milk filters but not the special purpose doohickey to put them in. Any suggestions for something I can use or put together from my kitchen? Money's tight so we're improvising as much as possible. I was hoping someone else had figured out a tightwad's alternative. Thanks in advance. I've noticed that this forum seems pretty friendly/chatty so I'm looking forward to participating and learning.