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Discussion in 'Goats' started by Paso, Jul 15, 2004.
How much cream is in a quart of goats milk? Can I get much cream from one goat?
It's hard to say...I've never really measured it. I would guess 5-6 tablespoons to a quart, depending on the goat. Let the milk stand undisturbed in the fridge for about 3 days then skim off cream and freeze until you have enough to make butter.
Thank you I wanted to know because I wanted to try butter looks like it would take a long time to do that with one goat :haha:
I am just milking two right now and am getting about 10 gallons a week without even feeding them heavy. The woman I bought them from had only been milking them once a day, so i started milking twice a day to bump up their production and keep them from drying up. They both kidded in early spring and are slowing down in milk production. I just bought these two last month and don't know what they will produce next spring after they kid again...but I can't wait to find out!......PS..the cream adds up faster than you think.
Well how much cream you get depends on how much fat you want in the cream. Heavy cream is 35%, light cream is around 20% and half and half is 10%. (or something like that)
As you can guess you'll get 3 times as much half and half cream than you would whipping cream. So which one? hehe. Anyways, you want to make butter.
Last weekend I had 3 gallons of milk, and I made almost 1lbs of butter. The cream I got was about 1 quart + 1 cup. So it's almost 2 cups/gallon, or 1/2 cup per quart.
This is with a cream separator, I don't have the patience to skim off what little floats to the top.
More than you ever wanted to know about cream:
I guess those cream seperators really work! Thanks for the link. And to think I was so thrilled by the extra cream I was getting because I am milking LaManchas now instead of Alpines (I do notice the difference). I don't have the volume of milk though to warrant a separator.
They sure do! It's really amazing to watch it work.
We really don't have the volume to warrant one either. I'm only milking 1 goat and she's giving about 10lbs/day, so I save milk for a couple of days then turn it into cream. With only 2 of us 10lbs/day means we're active cheese factory or we make some ice cream. In the summer I vote icecream!!
We like to let it sit for 3 days also but we don't make butter or cheese yet. We are also looking for our Aussie pup. Do you have any available Tex Country Woman?
No pups now. Now that I have found this board, I will have a place to post whenever I have anything for sale or trade. Australian Shepards are great working dogs though, they are protective of the farmstead, but do like to herd animals...alot. They really need to have a "job". One good one can load a bull or a hog into a trailer by himself, or clear the gate of cattle so you can drive through without any slipping out...things like that...quite handy pals.