The Book of the Goat, by Stephen Holmes

The Book of the Goat, by Stephen Holmes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...contains is that when any is left behind it is absorbed back into the system, serving to indicate that a proportionately less amount is required during the following interval, the conseqnenoe being that the animal gradually goes dry. Clean milking, in a literal sense, is another matter of importance, at least in my opinion. Who has not noticed with disgust the milking of oows on a dairy farm, where the milkman goes to work with hands begrimed with dirt, on which to facilitate the process he first expectorates, and as the liquid flows squirts a few drops into his hands or dips them into the pail? Whichever he does the result is generally the same at the termination, when the last drops that are stripped from the udder combine with the black on the fingers, forming a muddy oompound, which, when the pail is emptied, leaves a sediment of dirt at the bottom. I do not, however, mean to insult my readers by supposing they would milk their goats in this fashion with dirty hands; it is to the teats I wish to draw their attention. These, when the animal has been lying all night on soiled litter, or during the day on muddy ground, are sure to be more or less dirty, and, if not attended to, the result must be very much the same as in the case just alluded to; it is therefore advisable previous to each milking to go over the teats with a wet cloth or sponge of warm water until clean, and finish by wiping them with a dry cloth. The milk flows much easier after this ablution, and no fear need then be apprehended of grit showing itself in the pail. Indeed, in the morning I go even further, and add a small quantity of Condy's Fluid, which thoroughly purifies the teats from any unpleasant smell that the water alone is unable to remove. This may appear oyer...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236864352
  • 9781236864352